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Coat

  • Place of origin:

    Lyons (textile, embroidery)

    France (possibly, sewing)
    England (possibly, sewing)

  • Date:

    1775 - 1780 (embroidery)
    1775 - 80 (sewing)
    1850 - 1910 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread, silver spangles, glass paste; hand-woven velvet, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs. Harrods

  • Museum number:

    T.723-1913

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A man's coat of red velvet. The coat has a round neckline. The curved, two-piece sleeves end above the wrist with round cuffs. The coat fronts curve from neck to hem with skirts below the hip set in pleats at the side back. There is a scalloped pocket flap on each front at hip level. The coat is embroidered to shape with a applied scalloped band of light green silk, overlaid with warp-frame net and embroidered with silk thread, paste and silver spangles. The embroidery edges the fronts, around the pockets, the pocket flaps, the cuffs and back opening of the skirts. Silver spangles decorate the red velvet ground.

The coat appears to have been heavily altered in the late 19th century, probably for theatrical use. The original embroidered-to-shape standing collar was removed and an extra piece (all additions were possibly from a waistcoat of the same fabric and embroidery) added, and the collar reversed and resewn to make a flat collar. The cuffs were detached and narrowed, the sleeve lengthened, and the cuffs resewn. The coat was lengthened at the hem with additional pieces of the velvet and embroidery, and the skirts narrowed. The pocket linings were removed and the pockets stitched up. The original lining and interlining were replaced and spangles and pastes resewn or replaced.

Place of Origin

Lyons (textile, embroidery)

France (possibly, sewing)
England (possibly, sewing)

Date

1775 - 1780 (embroidery)
1775 - 80 (sewing)
1850 - 1910 (altered)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread, silver spangles, glass paste; hand-woven velvet, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn

Dimensions

Length: 108.0 cm top of collar to hem at right front approx, Circumference: 96.0 cm chest under armholes approx

Object history note

Part of the Talbot Hughes collection

Descriptive line

A man's coat, 1775-1780, French or English; Red velvet, embroidered-to-shape, sequins, pastes, applied net, French, 1775-80; altered 1850-1910

Materials

Silk (textile); Linen (material); Silk thread; Linen thread; Silver; Glass paste

Techniques

Hand weaving; Velvet weave; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing

Categories

Men's clothes

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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