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  • Place of origin:

    England (textile, weaving)
    England (gown, sewing)

  • Date:

    1790s (weaving)
    1795 - 1799 (sewing)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, satin weave, hand sewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of cream poplin with a silk warp and satin weft, figured with a diamond motif. It is open at the front with a high waist and shaped elbow-length sleeves. The gown is made of 4 widths of wool, the 2 centre pieces forming the back and the 2 side pieces forming the fronts and side backs. Each front has 3 pleats, running from the diagonal 'shoulder' seam at the back, over the shoulder to the waist, beside the armhole seams. At the back, there are 3 sets of inverted pleats at the waist, the fabric trimmed away on the inside. The bodice fronts are made of narrow, triangular pieces of white silk satin. The bodice and sleeves are lined with linen, with boning in the lining on either side of the centre back seam, and either side of the side-back seams. The gown is trimmed with rust-coloured silk gimp woven in interlocking loops, down the front openings, around the neck, the sleeve openings and the bodice front edges. The side back seam is trimmed with a poplin-covered button (missing on the left side). The bodice fronts fasten with two hooks (these may be a later replacement) and thread bars.

Place of Origin

England (textile, weaving)
England (gown, sewing)


1790s (weaving)
1795 - 1799 (sewing)



Materials and Techniques

Wool, silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, satin weave, hand sewn


Length: 174.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 87.5 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 39.2 cm wool, selvedge to selvedge

Object history note

Displayed in Costume Court, 1962-1979.

Purchased. Registered File number 10961/1902 and 82262/1902.

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1795-99, English; Cream poplin (wool/silk) with figured diamond motif, 1790s, English, rust braid trimming

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

ARNOLD, J. Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen's dresses and their construction c.1660 - 1860. London, Macmillan, 1972, Vol. 1, pp. 43-45


Wool (textile); Silk (textile); Linen (material)


Hand weaving; Satin weave; Hand sewing


Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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