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Coat and breeches

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1740-1749 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-woven silk, lined with silk, linen, horsehair, wool and buckram, and hand-sewn

  • Museum number:

    T.614:1, 2-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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The fashionable pleated skirts of this 1740s coat are stiffened with an interlining of woven horsehair and buckram, and a layer of unspun wool. This added fullness to the pleats causing them to stand out from the coat and swing rhythmically when the wearer walked.

This coat with matching breeches is probably French and was made in the latest fashion. A tightly fitting torso contrasts with the wide, pleated skirts. Wide sleeve cuffs reach to the elbow. The buttons are made from a domed wooden core covered with beige silk thread and further adorned with tightly coiled silk cords. Such a technique of button making was known as passementerie and proved popular in the eighteenth century.

Physical description

Man's coat of beige and white figured silk, lined with silk, linen, horsehair, buckram and wool, and woven silk breeches.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1740-1749 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-woven silk, lined with silk, linen, horsehair, wool and buckram, and hand-sewn

Descriptive line

Man's silk coat and woven silk breeches, probably made in France, 1740-1749

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hart, Avril and Susan North. Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries. London: V&A Publications, 1998, pp. 44 & 116


Silk (textile); Linen (material); Buckram; Horsehair


Hand sewing; Hand weaving; Lined


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

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