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Sack

1760s (made), 1765 - 1770 (sewing), ca.1770 (altered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The rosettes in the fringe of this sack are made of coils of floss silk. Composed of contrasting or graduated shades of white, pink and maroon, some of the rosettes have been wired, allowing them to stand out from the gown. The fringe itself is made of a core thread of linen, wrapped in dark green silk with short knotted tufts of white and green silk. The overall effect is to mimic a twisting stem sprouting tiny leaves and flowers.

The green and white satin has additional shaded stripes of darker green and brown. Such patterns of complex and subtly coloured stripes are characteristic of 1760s dress fabrics. Individual sprays of pansies, morning glories, auriculas, carnations, bluebells and roses, embroidered in chenille thread, echo the floral theme of the fringe.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Sack
  • Stomacher
  • Petticoat
Materials and Techniques
Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread;hand-woven, hand-sewn
Brief Description
A woman's sack, petticoat and stomacher, c.1770, British; green and cream striped silk satin, 1760s, with embroidery and fringe
Physical Description
A woman's sack with a stomacher and petticoat made of striped green and white satin trimmed with a fly fringe and embroidered in chenille with floral sprays. These include pansies, morning glories, ranunculas, carnations and harebells and rosebuds. The sack is open at the front with elbow-length sleeves with double, scalloped sleeve ruffles. The bodice and sleeves are lined with linen; the back of the lining in two pieces and fastened with linen tape ties. The back has two, double box pleats extending shoulder to hem, with the front skirts pleated into the waistseam. The sack is made of 6 widths of silk, with 2 triangular gores on each front side. The robings of the bodice are seamed a the waist to the front skirts. The skirt robings are trimmed with a pleated band of silk arranged in a zig-zag down the front. A fringe of elaborately looped silk flowers and floss knots is arranged in a zig-zag down the bodice robings. It edges the sleeve ruffles. Individual looped flowers decorate the skirt robings.



The petticoat is made of 5 widths of silk. The front has a box pleat and flat pleats around the side and back, with the opening at the back. The pleats are bound with linen tape. A deep flounce of the striped silk, edged with the looped flower braid decorates the bottom of the petticoat front.



The stomacher is pieced, with zig zags of the fringe down the centre and a bow of silk edged with fringe and the top centre. It is backed with linen.



The ensemble was probably made in the 1760s; the stomacher was originally in the 'Brunswick style', buttoning down the front and probably sewn to the sack fronts. The front robings were adjusted, possibly for another wearer in the early 1770s Additional pieces of linen were added to the front linings, which now overlap underneath the stomacher.
Dimensions
  • Silk, selvedge to selvedge width: 52.5cm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
'COOKE 1786' (In ink on tape at neck)
Credit line
Given by Miss E. M. Cooke
Subject depicted
Summary
The rosettes in the fringe of this sack are made of coils of floss silk. Composed of contrasting or graduated shades of white, pink and maroon, some of the rosettes have been wired, allowing them to stand out from the gown. The fringe itself is made of a core thread of linen, wrapped in dark green silk with short knotted tufts of white and green silk. The overall effect is to mimic a twisting stem sprouting tiny leaves and flowers.



The green and white satin has additional shaded stripes of darker green and brown. Such patterns of complex and subtly coloured stripes are characteristic of 1760s dress fabrics. Individual sprays of pansies, morning glories, auriculas, carnations, bluebells and roses, embroidered in chenille thread, echo the floral theme 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
T.471 to B-1980

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record createdAugust 17, 2006
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