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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, linen, silk; hand-woven, hand-embroidery, hand-sewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Waistcoat, square cut, 1790s, English; Embroidered cotton, decorated with floral trails and spots.

Physical description

Man’s waistcoat with a 2¼ -inch (5.5 cm) standing collar, revers, straight fronts and hem, hip-length, with a welted pocket on each front. The fronts, collar, pocket welts and revers are made of bleached cotton, the back of bleached linen. The waistcoat and pockets are lined with bleached linen. The waistcoat is embroidered to shape with silk floss in purple, yellow and shades of blue, pink and green, in a pattern of roses, pansies and cornflower on the collar, revers, pocket welts, and along the front edges and hems. The fronts are embroidered with dots. There are 14 worked buttonholes along the left front and 14 embroidered buttons on the right front edge.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1790-1799 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, linen, silk; hand-woven, hand-embroidery, hand-sewn


Length: 66.0 cm top of right collar to hem approx, Circumference: 102.5 cm chest under armholes approx

Descriptive line

Man's waistcoat, 1790s, British; Embroidered cotton, floral trails and spots


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


Hand weaving; Hand embroidery; Hand sewing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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