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Pair of Braces

ca. 1847 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Braces
  • Braces
Materials and Techniques
Silk satin, silk net embroidered in cross stitch with wool and silk, gilt metal beads, elastic, leather and steel buckles
Brief Description
Pair of gentleman's braces, embroidered silk satin, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland, 1847
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 85cm
  • Width: 6.5cm
Credit line
Given by the family of Major and Mrs. W. Mackay Mackenzie
Object history
RF number is 1915/3633.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Johnston, Lucy, Marion Kite, Helen Persson, Richard Davis, and Leonie Davis. Nineteenth-century fashion in detail. No. Sirsi) i9781851774401. V & A Publications, 2005.
Collection
Accession Number
T.213&A-1915

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record createdMarch 1, 2003
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