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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1744 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, lined and back with linen, embroidered with silk thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by E. Wallace Young

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This style of whitework waistcoat was popular in the 1740s, most likely worn for informal summer wear. On the lower corner of each front, heart-shaped insertions of hollie point needlework bear the initials ‘PB’ and ‘AB’ and the date 1744. This suggests that the waistcoat was made for, or commemorates, a wedding. It is corded and embroidered around the front edges and on the pocket flaps in a pattern of stylised flowers and leaves. A variety of stitches can be seen, including stem, satin and running stitch, with French knots.
The waistcoat appears to have been worn for over a decade. Several alterations were made to allow for the rising hemline of waistcoats through the 1750s, as well as the wearer’s expanding waistline.

Physical description

Cotton, lined and back with linen, embroidered with white silk thread

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1744 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, lined and back with linen, embroidered with silk thread






Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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