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Tabard

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1719-1744 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk velvet, applied with cloth of gold and linen, embroidered with silver and silver-gilt thread, twist, bullion and purl in laid and couched work

  • Museum number:

    T.1-1937

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A tabard was a ceremonial garment bearing armorial devices worn by a herald. A herald’s original function was a courtly one, making royal proclamations and bearing ceremonial messages between monarchs. By the 18th century, they were also responsible for organising state ceremonies and processions such as weddings and funerals. The Herald also regulated and granted the use of coats-of-arms and other heraldic imagery.

This tabard belonged to John Anstis the Elder, who was Garter King of Arms from 1719–44. The front, back and arms bear the royal arms in use between 1714 and 1801, representing England, Scotland, France, Ireland and Brunswick. The tabard was probably worn by Anstis’ son, John the Younger, also Garter King of Arms who held the office jointly with his father between 1727 and 1744 and until 1754.

Physical description

Red and blue silk velvet, applied with cloth of gold and linen, embroidered with silver and silver-gilt thread, twist, bullion and purl in laid and couched work.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1719-1744 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk velvet, applied with cloth of gold and linen, embroidered with silver and silver-gilt thread, twist, bullion and purl in laid and couched work

Dimensions

Length: 150 cm mounted, Width: 150 cm mounted, Depth: 50 cm mounted

Descriptive line

Embroidered, with Royal Arms, associated with John Anstis Garter King of Arms 1719-44

Categories

Ceremonial objects; Clothing; Heraldry; Royalty; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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