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  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1750-1760 (made)
    late 19th century (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk with silver threads, trimmed with silver-gilt lace, lined with linen and silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss R. Alder

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Open-fronted sack of brocaded silk, and designed to be worn over panniers. Blue silk woven with silver threads in a formal floral design and trimmed with silver-gilt lace. The robings widen towards hem and are faced back and covered with a band of silver lace. The sleeves have double frilled cuffs. The skirt will accommodate a medium wide fan shaped loop and is pleated to the waist above each pocket slit. There is a waist seam in the front. Lined with linen, but the sleeves are lined with white silk, and the hem is faced back with blue silk.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)


1750-1760 (made)
late 19th century (altered)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk with silver threads, trimmed with silver-gilt lace, lined with linen and silk

Marks and inscriptions

'Mrs Vince Ne'
Handwritten name appearing in several places on the bodice lining

Object history note

This sack is traditionally associated with a wedding in the donor's family, although more specific details are not known. The name "Mrs Vince" has been handwritten inside the bodice.

Descriptive line

A woman's sack of brocaded silk and silver-gilt lace, probably made in England, 1750-1760, and altered in late 19th century


Silk; Silver thread; Silver-gilt thread


Brocading; Lace-making


Fashion; Formal wear; Women's clothes; Marriage; Textiles; Lace


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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