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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1795-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, applied ribbonwork, lined and backed with cotton, handsewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss H. L. Surtees

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

By the 1780s waistcoats had lost their skirts and were cut straight across at the lower hem, for all but evening and Court dress. A small collar appeared, echoing the development of the coat collar, and by the 1790s it had grown to the generous size seen here, with large revers (lapels). The double-breasted style, in both coats and waistcoats, was also a fashion that began in the 1780s. A network of violet and cream-coloured silk ribbons has been applied to this waistcoat, with buttons embroidered in the same colours to match.

Physical description

Double-breasted silk waistcoat with two rows of buttons. With a high standing collar and two false pocket flaps. The front and collar are of cream coloured silk with a superimposed network of narrow (0.1 inch wide) violet and cream silk ribbon, knotted at the major intersections. The edges are trimmed with a wider violet ribbon (applied ribbonwork). Buttons are covered with embroidery in violet and cream. The back and lining of coarse white cotton. Across the back are two pairs of tapes.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1795-1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, applied ribbonwork, lined and backed with cotton, handsewn

Marks and inscriptions

Woven in red on name tape


Weight: 0.34 kg, Length: 17.25 in centre front maximum, Width: 11 in back

Descriptive line

Double-breasted silk waistcoat, England, 1795-1800


Men's clothes; Formal wear; Textiles; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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