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  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (Silk textile, woven)
    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1789 (woven)
    1789-1794 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maze & Steer (weaver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen; hand-woven, figured satin weave, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Edmund de Rothschild

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Man’s waistcoat with a 2¼-inch standing collar (5.5 cm), revers, straight fronts and hem, hip-length, with a welted pocket on each front. The fronts, collar, revers and pocket welts are made of ivory silk satin, woven-to-shape with silk in yellow, brown and shades of blue in a pattern of floral sprays on the collar, revers, pocket welts and along the front edges, the rest of the fronts filled with repeating yellow abstract sprays against a brown speckled ground. The back and linings are made of linen; the front and hem facings of ivory silk sarsenet. There are 12 worked buttonholes along the left front with 12 self-covered buttons on the right front, and 2 pairs of linen-tape ties on the back.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (Silk textile, woven)
Great Britain (made)


1789 (woven)
1789-1794 (made)


Maze & Steer (weaver)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen; hand-woven, figured satin weave, hand-sewn


Length: 62.5 cm top of right collar to hem approx, Circumference: 109.0 cm chest under armholes approx

Object history note

See V&A object T.384-1972, a sample book. The fabric used for the waistcoat is represented in the sample book in two colourways on page 177.

Descriptive line

Man's waistcoat, 1789-1794, British; Maze and Steer, Spitalfields, 1789, ivory silk satin, woven-to-shape, blue, yellow, brown floral design


Silk (textile); Linen (material)


Hand weaving; Hand sewing


Europeana Fashion Project; Fashion; Men's clothes; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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