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Coat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, hand woven and hand sewn, silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Phoebe Timpson

  • Museum number:

    T.363-1995

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The point in the centre back of the collar first appeared in men’s dress in the late 1770s. The pale colour and simple decoration of this coat are a new development in fashion, in contrast to the rich palette and ornate embroidery of the 1750s and 1760s.

An ivory and yellow striped grosgrain forms the ground of the ribbon, embellished with additional threads of silver strip and thread. This narrow trim edges the collar, cuffs, pleats and front of the coat. At the back pleat, it has been expertly mitred to reinforce the top of the pleat and to form a decorative ground for the button. Interwoven threads of pink silk, silver-gilt filé (textured thread) and silver strip form the base of the button, with silver spangles (sequins) sewn on top.

Physical description

A man's coat of salmon-pink ribbed silk, trimmed with silk and silver ribbon and passementerie buttons

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1775-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, hand woven and hand sewn, silver

Object history note

Registered File number 1994/409.

Descriptive line

Coat, silk, hand woven and hand sewn, silver, Great Britain, 1775-1780

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.76 & 118

Materials

Silk; Silver

Techniques

Hand weaving; Hand sewing

Categories

Clothing; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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