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Waistcoat

1785-1795 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Woman's waistcoat of fine bleached cotton, lined and backed with bleached linen. It has no collar, wide revers, straight fronts reaching to above the natural waist. It is couched with flat and coiled silver strip in a pattern of parallel lines and small, abstract floral motifs. The waistcoat has a double-breasted effect with 4 embroidered buttons on the right front, and on the left front, 4 worked buttonholes with a button to the left of each. The centre-back is open with 12 worked lacing holes on each side.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton, linen, silver; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn
Brief Description
Woman's waistcoat of cotton, 1785-95, British, couched silver strip
Physical Description
Woman's waistcoat of fine bleached cotton, lined and backed with bleached linen. It has no collar, wide revers, straight fronts reaching to above the natural waist. It is couched with flat and coiled silver strip in a pattern of parallel lines and small, abstract floral motifs. The waistcoat has a double-breasted effect with 4 embroidered buttons on the right front, and on the left front, 4 worked buttonholes with a button to the left of each. The centre-back is open with 12 worked lacing holes on each side.
Dimensions
  • Overall length: 38.5cm (approx)
  • Right side, bust under armhole width: 37.5cm (approx)
  • Left side, bust under armhole width: 36.0cm (approx)
Credit line
Bequeathed by the Hon. Catherine Gibbs
Collection
Accession Number
T.380-1967

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record createdJuly 30, 2008
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