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Quilted petticoat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, lined with wool, quilted, handsewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. B. Fowler, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

By the 1730s the open robe was beginning to replace the mantua as formal day wear. The beautifully patterned Spitalfields silk indicates a degree of luxury. The accompanying quilted petticoat suggests that the ensemble was probably worn for afternoon tea parties, rather than in the evening at the opera or theatre.

Physical description

Quilted petticoat of yellow silk. Quilted in a diamond pattern and lined with two woollen materials. The large piece has a small check design woven in yellow, green and white. The weaving is in open tabby and the width of warp and weft threads is variable. The selvedge of this green and yellow check worsted is indicated by three warp threads. The width of this material is approximately 24 inches. The other piece of lining, of green wool, is much more closely woven in twill. The quilted skirt hangs from an uneven strip of deep yellow plain-woven wool which is bound to the waist with tape. The hem is bound with yellow silk. The top is pleated away from a box-pleat in the centre-front, and towards an inverted pleat at the centre back. There is an opening, bound with yellow silk, at one side, fastening with a black metal hook and eye at the top, and on the opposite side is a slit for a pocket also bound with yellow silk.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1730-1770 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, lined with wool, quilted, handsewn


Length: 35 in waist to hem, Circumference: 11 in round hem

Descriptive line

Quilted silk petticoat, Great Britain, 1730-1770


Women's clothes; Informal wear; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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