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Double-breasted frock coat

Double-breasted frock coat

  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (made)

  • Date:

    1871 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fine wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. W. Furlong

  • Museum number:

    T.47-1947

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an excellent example of a double-breasted frock coat. Formal gentleman's daywear of the later 19th century was usually of black or blue-black wool. The jacket, trousers and waistcoat that comprised the suit could be of one colour and were then known as 'dittos'. Alternatively, a contrasting waistcoat and trousers were often worn to add colour and variety to the outfit. This style continued until the 20th century and became identified as the city business man's suit of black coat, striped trousers and bowler hat (replacing the top hat).

This coat is said to have been worn by the donor's father, Robert O'Brien Furlong, C.B., at his wedding in Dublin on 29 June 1871.

Physical description

A typical example of formal day wear of the late 19th century. Usually made of black or blue-black wool, this style continued until the 20th century and became identified as the city business man's suit of black coat, striped trousers and bowler hat which replaced the top hat.

Place of Origin

Ireland (made)

Date

1871 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fine wool

Dimensions

Circumference: 96 cm waist, Circumference: 97 cm chest, Length: 88 cm overall, Length: 48.5 cm to waist, Width: 35 cm across back, Length: 50.5 cm sleeve bottom, Length: 65.8 cm sleeve top, Circumference: 29 cm wrist

Object history note

This coat is said to have been worn by the donor's father, Robert O'Brien Furlong, C.B., at his wedding in Dublin on 29 June 1871.

Labels and date

Frock coat
Ireland
1871

From the early 1860s men's clothes became darker and many bridegrooms adopted what became the standard wedding outfit of a dark grey or black coat worn with lighter trousers and a white waistcoat. This double-breasted frock coat is thought to have been worn by the donor's father, Robert O'Brien Furlong, for his wedding in Dublin on 29 June 1871.

Wool, lined with silk, with replica collar and tie
Given by A.W. Furlong
V&A: T.47-1947; T.118A-1953 [2011]

Categories

Fashion; Marriage; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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