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1780-1789 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This fashionable red wool frock coat of the 1780s is embroidered with tassels in silver-gilt thread on the cuffs, the points of the collar, and down the fronts. The buttons are worked in silver-gilt thread over a wooden core.

The most fashionable styles for men in this period featured coat fronts curving sharply back, a high turned-down collar, 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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wool, silk, linen, silver; hand-woven, hand embroidered, hand-sewn
Brief Description
Man's coat, 1780-1789, British; scarlet wool embroidered with silver thread, tassel motif
Physical Description
A man’s coat of scarlet woollen broadcloth, with a 2-piece, 3-inch (7.7 cm) turn-down collar, pointed at the back and curving 2-piece sleeves end in cuffs, 3 inches (7.7 cm) deep. The fronts curve from neck to hem with pleats 3⅝ inches (9.2 cm) deep, below the hip set beside the centre back. Each front has a pocket with scalloped pocket flap; the centre-back seam is open below the hip. The coat and pocket flaps are lined with red silk twill, the pockets and sleeves with bleached linen. The coat is embroidered with silver thread, in a pattern of loops with bows and tassels on the collar, cuffs and pocket flaps and along the front edges. Ten embroidered motifs outline buttonholes along the left front, the top 6 are cut. There are 10 buttons covered in silver thread along the right front edge, 3 below each pocket, 2 on each cuff and 1 at the top, centre and hem of the pleats. There are 2 paris of hooks and eyes on the fronts, 1 below the collar and 1 at the centre of the chest.
Dimensions
  • Top of right collar to hem length: 117.0cm (approx)
  • Chest under armholes circumference: 107cm (approx)
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
LO / 304
Credit line
Part of the Gorst collection, given by Mrs Katherine Rachael Thomas
Summary
This fashionable red wool frock coat of the 1780s is embroidered with tassels in silver-gilt thread on the cuffs, the points of the collar, and down the fronts. The buttons are worked in silver-gilt thread over a wooden core.



The most fashionable styles for men in this period featured coat fronts curving sharply back, a high turned-down collar, 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.
Bibliographic Reference
Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 84
Collection
Accession Number
T.74-1962

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record createdAugust 15, 2006
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