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Drawers

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen hand-sewn with linen thread

  • Museum number:

    T.607-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Like the shirt, linen drawers were part of 18th-century men’s underwear, although less commonly worn. They were usually made of linen, a washable and durable fabric, in a simple construction. The stitching on 18th-century underwear is extremely fine, in order to prevent the seams from fraying during the harsh hand-laundering process.

Drawers copy the shape of the breeches worn over them, with linen tapes fastening at the knee and holding up the stockings. The waistband buttons in front and usually features eyelet holes at the back. These were tied with linen tape, allowing a degree of ‘give’ in an age before the use of elastic in clothing.

Physical description

Pair of linen drawers with tapes at the knee and back waist, and buttoned waistband. Hand sewn with linen thread.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1775-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen hand-sewn with linen thread

Descriptive line

Pair of linen drawers, France, 1775-1800

Materials

Linen (material); Linen tape; Linen thread

Techniques

Hand-sewing

Categories

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

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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