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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1765-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watered silk, lined with silk, trimmed with silk braid, and running stitches, canvas, wood and pleated

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This garment represents an 18th-century style of jacket known as a Brunswick. A shortened version of the formal sack-back dress, the Brunswick became popular in the 1760s for travelling and informal dress. Although this example has a hood, the very fine watered silk suggests it was intended for casual day wear rather than the rigours of 18th-century travel. Some variations have wrist-length sleeves, and buttons at the elbow of this jacket indicate that it might once have had removable extensions of the sleeve to cover the forearms.

Physical description

Brunswick of yellow moiré watered silk lined with silk, trimmed with yellow silk braid, and a hip-length sack-back style and attached with a hood. Hip length with a short sack back with pleats caught down with thread at the back and a stomacher, which fastens with buttons made from the ground material over a wooden core. The sleeves have double frilled cuffs and inside at the elbow opening are stitched three buttons. The borders and the hood are trimmed with a gathered band of matching material which is edged with braid and a meandering band. Neat box pleats at each hip, in which are inserted the pocket slits. At the centre back, at the waist and at the sleeves are former pleat marks. The hood is stitched to an extension piece inside the back neck-line and the stomacher is stitched over it. Inside the hood, at the neck, are stitched ties of yellow shaded striped ribbon. The jacket is lined with a number of different silks, all showing piecing. The sides are lined with a pale green ground chiné, the bottom of the back with pale blue ground chiné with a pinked edge, the sides of the front (at the junction of the stomacher) has a cream ground green-patterned tobine, the top of the back has a pale blue silk, and the sleeves are pieced with green silk. The jacket is laced up inside the back through facings of coarse brown canvas. From the sides to the back of the stomacher is stitched with a tape waistband. Most if the stitching is in yellow silk running stitch.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1765-1775 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Watered silk, lined with silk, trimmed with silk braid, and running stitches, canvas, wood and pleated


Weight: 1.04 kg


Fashion; Informal wear; Day wear; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

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