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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1785-90 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, silk, linen; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss G. M. Martin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A man’s court coat of dark purple woollen broadcloth, with a 2-inch (5 cm) standing collar, 2-piece sleeves ending in cuffs 3¾ inches (9.4 cm) deep. The fronts curve from neck to hem with pleats 2¾ inches (7 cm) deep, below the hip set beside the centre back. Each front has a pocket and shaped pocket flap; the centre-back seam is open below the hip. The coat and pocket flaps are lined with ivory silk satin, the sleeves and pockets with bleached linen. The coat is appliquéd with net and embroidered-to-shape with silk floss in shades of green, pink, blue, yellow and white in a floral pattern, on the collar, cuffs and pocket flaps, around the pockets, along the fronts and centre-back opening. There were 8 embroidered buttons along the right front (top one now missing) , 3 on each cuff, 3 below each pocket, 3 along the pleats. Two worked buttonholes on the left front correspond with the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the top.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1785-90 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool, silk, linen; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn

Marks and inscriptions

A M Martin
handwritten in black ink on linen tape, sewn to the top of the left sleeve lining


Length: 112.5 cm top of right collar to hem approx, Circumference: 99.5 cm chest under armholes approx

Descriptive line

Man's court coat of embroidered purple wool, made in England, 1785-90


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


Hand weaving; Satin weave; Fulling; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing


Men's clothes; Embroidery; Court


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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