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Sack

1740 - 1749 (embroidering), 1740 - 1749 (sewing), 1760 -1769 (altered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Finely petalled rosettes punctuate the fringe adorning this 1760s sack. They are made of narrow strips of parchment, covered in silk and twisted into the shape of petals, a technique used in both embroidery and lace since the late 17th century. In addition to the rosettes, the fringe incorporates loops of silver thread with tufts of coloured floss silk. These knotted and highly decorative trims were a popular embellishment for women’s dress between the 1750s and early 1780s.

The fringe compliments the embroidery of the gown executed in coloured silks, and silver-gilt threads. The pattern of large flowers and leaves is typical of the 1740s, but the the gown was altered in the 1760s for another wearer and updated in style with the addition of the fringe.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread, silver, gold, parchment; hand woven and hand sewn, bobbin lace and passementerie
Brief Description
A woman's sack, British 1760s; of ivory silk embroidered with flowers, leaves, 1740-49, trimmed with parchment & silk fringe
Physical Description
A woman's sack of ivory silk embroidered with coloured silks and metal threads on the sleeve ruffles, robings and skirt fronts. The sack is open at the front, with elbow-length-sleeves and triple sleeve ruffles (the middle sleeve ruffle of the left sleeve was removed before acquisition). The bodice and sleeves are lined with linen. The skirts are made of six widths of silk.



The sack has been altered in the 1760s for another wearer, with piecing, alteration of the robings and adding a waist seam to the front panels. The metal thread, silk and silk-wrapped fringe was probably added at this time. A length of white silk lace remains on the seam at each side.
Dimensions
  • Shoulder to hem at centre front length: 122.0cm (approx)
  • Bust under armholes circumference: 85.0cm (approx)
Production typeUnique
Subjects depicted
Summary
Finely petalled rosettes punctuate the fringe adorning this 1760s sack. They are made of narrow strips of parchment, covered in silk and twisted into the shape of petals, a technique used in both embroidery and lace since the late 17th century. In addition to the rosettes, the fringe incorporates loops of silver thread with tufts of coloured floss silk. These knotted and highly decorative trims were a popular embellishment for women’s dress between the 1750s and early 1780s.



The fringe compliments the embroidery of the gown executed in coloured silks, and silver-gilt threads. The pattern of large flowers and leaves is typical of the 1740s, but the the gown was altered in the 1760s for another wearer and updated in style with the addition of the fringe.
Bibliographic Reference
Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 134
Collection
Accession Number
700-1864

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record createdAugust 17, 2006
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