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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1790 (made)
    1870-1910 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, cotton linen; hand-woven, velvet and cannele weaving, hand-sewn.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M. Sidwell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Man’s waistcoat with a ¾ -inch (1.8 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 cut velvet woven-to shape ('en disposition') with a chiné border of swagged draperies surmounted by a triple-leafed plant with drooping flower sprays and below, a floral garland on a black ground, on the collar and along the front edges. The body of the waistcoat is in cannelé stripes in blue and white with a central staggered double stripe in shaded red and white with black, banded by black velvet. The back is made of fustian and the waistcoat and pockets are lined with fustian. There are 10 worked buttonholes along the left front edge with 11 self-covered buttons on the right front. There are 3 pairs of linen tape ties at the back.

The waistcoat was altered in the late 19th century, probably for fancy dress. The back lining was taken in at the sides, and later, the centre-back seam unpicked.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca.1790 (made)
1870-1910 (altered)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, cotton linen; hand-woven, velvet and cannele weaving, hand-sewn.


Weight: 0.50 kg, Length: 63.0 cm top of right collar to hem approx, Circumference: 96.5 cm chest under armholes approx

Descriptive line

Man's waistcoat, ca.1790, French; woven-to-shape velvet and cannelé silk, black, blue and pink, altered 1870-1910


Silk (textile); Fustian


Velvet weave; Hand sewing


Fashion; Textiles; Men's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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