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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1640-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk in velvet weave, linen, fustian, whalebone, silk braid, linen thread; hand-sewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's bodice of black silk velvet bodice lined with linen and fustian, and reinforced with whalebone. Three-quarter-length sleeves, originally open at front seam, with cuffs and two layers of shoulder wings, one narrow, one deep. V-neck and interior lacing bands at front, which appear to have been rebound, possibly within the life of the garment. The edges of the neck, sleeves, cuffs and shoulder wings are bound with woven silk lace (braid). Black linen twill has been inserted in the sleeves to close the open seam. The deep shoulder wing on the left side has been removed; it was possibly cut to make the waist laps on the right hand side.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1640-1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk in velvet weave, linen, fustian, whalebone, silk braid, linen thread; hand-sewn


Length: 48.0 cm Shoulder to bottom of sleeve when lying flat approx, Width: 72.0 cm Elbow to elbow when lying flat approx, Circumference: 70.0 cm Bust under armhole approx

Object history note

Part of the Isham collection purchased in 1899.

Descriptive line

A woman's bodice of black silk velvet with silk braid trim, English, 1640s, altered

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Norah Waugh, The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1630, Faber and Faber, 1968, Diagram VII and p.304


Silk; Linen; Fustian; Whalebone; Linen thread


Velvet weave; Hand sewing


Clothing; Fashion


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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