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Man's riding suit

Man's riding suit

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Superfine wool, fastened with gilt brass buttons

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    T.770-1913

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The possibility of bad weather and rough terrain on a hunt meant that clothing needed to be wind and water-resistant. The underside of this collar is fitted with a buttoned tab which would have provided some protection against the elements. The button farthest from view could be undone and the collar placed across the chin and fastened to a button on the other side to keep out the wind and rain. In more clement weather, the collar could be pressed flat to create lapels. The rows of padding stitches visible at the neckline secure the canvas interlining in place helping to stiffen the collar and mould it into shape.

Frock coats were better suited to hunting than cutaway tailcoats as the fuller skirts gave a better covering for the upper leg. Surtees’ character Mr Jorrocks was well aware of their benefits and declared, ‘there’s nothin’ like room and flannel;- good long-backed coats, with the waistcoat made equally warm all round, and the back to come down in a flap, and plenty of good well-lined laps to wrap over one’s thighs when it rains.’

Physical description

Man's frock coat, worn for hunting with Surrey Stag Hounds, of superfine fastened with gilt brass buttons.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1860-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Superfine wool, fastened with gilt brass buttons

Marks and inscriptions

'Pitt & Co., 50 St Martin's Lane, London'
Stamped on reverse of buttons.

Materials

Wool (textile); Brass

Categories

Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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