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Doublet and breeches

Doublet and breeches

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1630-1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin, stamped, lined with linen and buckram, trimmed with braid and silk ribbon, hand-sewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Object Type
This ensemble of doublet and breeches is typical of a wealthy man's clothing. It would have been worn with a matching or contrasting cloak. A fine lace or linen collar and cuffs would have completed the outfit, along with silk stockings and heeled leather shoes.

The style of this outfit is characteristic of the 1630s. The breeches are longer and less voluminous than they were in the early 17th century. They are attached with long heavy hooks which run through eyelets at the waistband on the inside of the doublet. The silk ribbons at the waistband once had the function of holding doublet and breeches together, but are now purely decorative. On the doublet the waist tabs are now much larger and longer than they had been 20 years previously.

Materials & Making
The lustrous white satin was a suitable fabric for stamping and pinking. The fabric was probably dampened first and the stamping tools heated to make the impression indelible. In between the stamped motifs, a pinking tool similar to an awl created the tiny decorative holes. Once the satin was decorated, it was cut and hand-sewn. The doublet and breeches are interlined with wool and lined with silk.

Physical description

White satin doublet and breeches, stamped and pinked.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1630-1640 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin, stamped, lined with linen and buckram, trimmed with braid and silk ribbon, hand-sewn



Object history note

Made in England

Descriptive line

silk satin, 1630c, English; Stamped and pinked decoration

silk satin, 1630c, English; White stamped and pinked decoration

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This doublet and breeches illustrate the processes of stamping and pinking fabric that could be done much more quickly than embroidery. Five decorative motifs have been stamped into the satin in a process similar to leather bookbinding. The satin has been 'pinked' or perforated with tiny decorative holes. [27/03/2003]


Satin; Linen; Buckram; Silk


Braiding; Stamping; Hand sewing


Clothing; Formal wear; Europeana Fashion Project; Men's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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