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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1870-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, cotton; hand-woven, machine woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A man’s court coat with stripes of light blue silk and dark blue uncut silk velvet, embroidered with silk floss in shades of green, pink, terracotta, blue, lilac, yellow and white in a pattern of large flowers.

It was heavily altered in the late 19th century for theatre costume. Deep tucks were made in the fronts at the waist to give them a straighter line; the collar was shortened and the cuffs made deeper and wider. The coat was completely relined with linen and striped blue cotton; the velvet patched in many places. Machine-lace ruffles sewn to the inside of the cuffs.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1870-1910 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, cotton; hand-woven, machine woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn.


Length: 102.0 cm top of right collar to hem approx, Circumference: 99.5 cm chest under armholes approx

Descriptive line

Man's coat, theatre costume, British, 1870-1910; made of a 1790s court coat, English/French, blue uncut velvet, embroidered


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


Hand weaving; Machine weaving; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing


Men's clothes; Theatre; Court


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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