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Court Suit

1810-1820 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

By the decade 1810 to 1820, men’s court dress was becoming more subdued in colour and decoration. Once made of a lavishly embroidered silk or velvet, court coats of this decade were a dark-coloured wool, much like fashionable day wear. The colourfully embellished waistcoat characteristic of 18th-century court dress remains, retaining its old-fashioned ‘skirts’ and pockets. Splendid cut-steel buttons are the only decoration on the coat. They were made of flat circles of polished steel decorated with faceted steel rivets, set to sparkle and reflect the light. These were a fashionable style of button in the late 18th century which continued to be worn with court dress well into the 1870s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 26 parts.

  • Coat
  • Breeches
  • Waistcoat
  • Stock
  • Wig
  • Wig Bag
  • Sword Belt
  • Sword Belt
  • Scabbard
  • Sword
  • Tassel
  • Shoe Buckle
  • Shoe Buckle
  • Box
  • Button
  • Button
  • Button
  • Button
  • Button
  • Button
  • Box
  • Border
  • Border
  • Border
  • Buckle
  • Buckle
Dimensions
  • T.106 o 1953 length: 380mm
  • T.106 o 1953 width: 80mm
  • T.106 p 1953 length: 403mm
  • T.106 p 1953 width: 80mm
  • T.106 q 1953 length: 225mm
  • T.106 q 1953 width: 181mm
Summary
By the decade 1810 to 1820, men’s court dress was becoming more subdued in colour and decoration. Once made of a lavishly embroidered silk or velvet, court coats of this decade were a dark-coloured wool, much like fashionable day wear. The colourfully embellished waistcoat characteristic of 18th-century court dress remains, retaining its old-fashioned ‘skirts’ and pockets. Splendid cut-steel buttons are the only decoration on the coat. They were made of flat circles of polished steel decorated with faceted steel rivets, set to sparkle and reflect the light. These were a fashionable style of button in the late 18th century which continued to be worn with court dress well into the 1870s.
Collection
Accession Number
T.106&A to S-1953

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record createdJuly 19, 2007
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