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Quilted Petticoat

1750-1770 (made), (made), 1870-1910 (altered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Woman’s petticoat of pink silk satin, lined with undyed glazed worsted and wadded with a thin layer of wool. It is quilted in running stitch with pink silk thread in a horizontal pattern of an undulating leafy stem with star-like flowers around the hem, and 6 rows of ogee arches above. The petticoat is made of 6 panels of silk with pocket openings in the side seams, bound with 1⅛-inch (2.8 cm) wide pink silk ribbon. The same ribbon binds the hem.

The petticoat was altered in the late 19th century, probably for fancy dress. The waist binding and ties were removed, the pleats undone and a band of pink cotton attached, with a casing and drawstring at the top. A tuck was taken in one side of the petticoat.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, wool; hand-woven, satin weave, hand-sewn, hand-quilted
Brief Description
Woman's petticoat, 1750-1770, British; Pink silk satin, quilted with leaves, ogee arches, altered, 1870-1910
Physical Description
Woman’s petticoat of pink silk satin, lined with undyed glazed worsted and wadded with a thin layer of wool. It is quilted in running stitch with pink silk thread in a horizontal pattern of an undulating leafy stem with star-like flowers around the hem, and 6 rows of ogee arches above. The petticoat is made of 6 panels of silk with pocket openings in the side seams, bound with 1⅛-inch (2.8 cm) wide pink silk ribbon. The same ribbon binds the hem.



The petticoat was altered in the late 19th century, probably for fancy dress. The waist binding and ties were removed, the pleats undone and a band of pink cotton attached, with a casing and drawstring at the top. A tuck was taken in one side of the petticoat.
Dimensions
  • Waist to hem, overall length: 102.0cm (approx)
  • At waist circumference: 94in
  • At hem, overall width: 134.0cm (approx)
  • Silk, selvedge to selvedge width: 44.0cm (approx)
  • Quilting pattern, top of stitching to hem depth: 67.0cm (approx)
Credit line
Given by Mr H. S. Kingsford
Object history
Registered File no. 1930/9714. 'An enormous garment which my sister declares is a petticoat to wear over a crinoline - it may well be so, as its waist measurement must be getting on for twelve feet!'-From donor's letter.
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession Number
T.155-1930

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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