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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1785-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and satin, lined with linen, wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs N. J. Batten

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A striking combination of green and blue enlivens this plain frock coat of the late 1780s. The most fashionable coat styles for men featured fronts curving sharply back, a high turned-down collar and long tight sleeves. By the 1780s the side pleats had moved towards the centre back seam, and were much less voluminous than in previous decades.

The buttons were worked in embroidery silks matching the colours of the coat, probably over a wooden base. The design is quartered; each quartering is created by a type of needle-weaving where the silk threads are laid side-by-side, then passed over and under each other.

Physical description

Man's coat of striped green and blue silk. Green tabby with a leaf green satin stripe. High turn down collar and long tight sleeves with a false stitched cuff. The front is cut away and only the three top buttons are intended to fasten. The pockets have deep plain rectangular flaps. The back vent is plain and flanked on each side by a pleated vent trimmed top and bottom by a button. All the buttons are flat and with a wooden core on which is wound dark green silk in a lighter green cruciform pattern. The top of the coat is lined in linen and the skirts are faced to the side vents with self material. Hand-woven and hand-sewn.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)


1785-1790 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and satin, lined with linen, wood


Width: 30 in, Length: 47.5 in

Descriptive line

Man's coat of silk and satin, Great Britain, 1785-1790

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, p. 84


Silk; Linen


Hand sewing; Hand weaving

Subjects depicted



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

Production Type


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