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Pair of braces

  • Place of origin:

    County Mayo (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1847 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, silk net embroidered in cross stitch with wool and silk, gilt metal beads, elastic, leather and steel buckles

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of Major and Mrs. W. Mackay Mackenzie

  • Museum number:

    T.213&A-1915

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

Braces were introduced with trousers in the early 19th century. Trousers were fairly loose at the waist and braces provided necessary support. They were often elaborately decorated, as in this example, which is covered with net and embroidered in a variety of materials. The first elastics, made of rubber, were introduced in the 1830s and often used on braces.

Physical description

Pair of braces of silk satin, covered with silk net embroidered with coloured silks and wools in cross-stitch, and gilt metal beads, with elastic, leather and steel buckles. The decoration is of repeating stems of red and yellow fuchsias, arranged in vertical rows. The straps are elasticated with white leather tips.

Place of Origin

County Mayo (made)

Date

ca. 1847 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, silk net embroidered in cross stitch with wool and silk, gilt metal beads, elastic, leather and steel buckles

Dimensions

Length: 85 cm, Width: 6.5 cm

Object history note

RF number is 1915/3633.

Descriptive line

Pair of gentleman's braces, embroidered silk satin, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, 1847

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Johnston, Lucy, Marion Kite, Helen Persson, Richard Davis, and Leonie Davis. Nineteenth-century fashion in detail. No. Sirsi) i9781851774401. V & A Publications, 2005.

Materials

Silk; Silk; Wool; Leather; Steel

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Fuchsias

Categories

Clothing; Accessories; Fashion; Men's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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