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Greatcoat

Greatcoat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, lined with linen, hand-stitched

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rev. J. P. Bushell and Mr Anthony Bushell

  • Museum number:

    T.86-1959

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The copious folds of this greatcoat proved ideal for keeping a gentleman warm outdoors, especially when riding. It would have been worn over at least one coat and the tailor has allowed for this in the generous cut. The waist, chest and sleeves are particularly roomy, giving the wearer freedom of choice in his dress and ease of movement. The tailor has also ensured that the ample skirts are very long. They cover the knees and much of the calf for extra protection.

As with most early 19th-century coats, there are distinct references to former styles of tailoring. The hip buttons, positioned on either side of the centre back vent, are inherited from the end of the period 1600-1700. They serve as ornamental headings to the back pleats which resemble the sword vents on 18th-century coats. The two vertical flaps that project from the skirts of these pleats are known as skirt pockets. They fasten with buttons to discourage pickpockets.

Physical description

Greatcoat of buff superfine wool. Long loose coat fastened down the front with eight buttons from neck to waist. With flapped pockets at the waist and hip buttons positioned on either side of the central back vent and pleats. The cuffs are deep and the coat has a pointed, turn down collar that is wide and set low. The pockets have rectangular flaps and are set horizontally. The sleeves are slightly shaped with slight fullness at the shoulder. The sleeves and pockets are lined with unbleached linen. Hand-stitched.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1810 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wool, lined with linen, hand-stitched

Dimensions

Length: 55 in centre back, collar to hem, Length: 46 in under sleeve seam, Width: 20 in under arm

Object history note

Given to the V&A in February 1959 by Rev. J.P. Bushell and Mr. Anthony Bushell, The Oratory, London SW7 (registered file no. 59/508)

Displayed in the V&A Costume Court 1962 - 1979.

Descriptive line

Greatcoat of wool, Great Britain, ca. 1810

Materials

Wool; Linen

Techniques

Hand stitching

Categories

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

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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