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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1870-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, lined with cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr C. W. Cunnington

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

While formal daywear grew very dark and sombre in colour during the latter half of the 19th century, light fabrics, plaids and stripes were favoured for casual dress. These trousers taper to the ankle, characteristic of the early 1870s. They have no waistband and are held up with braces.

Physical description

The hips and upper part of the legs are cut full, but the latter tapers to the ankle. The waist is high behind, with fly front and two pockets with horizontal slits. Part lined with cotton, three silk covered buttons, the remainer are metal.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1870-1880 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool, lined with cotton

Marks and inscriptions

Hill Bros. 3 Old Bond Str.
Stamped on the metal buttons.


Length: 116.8 cm, Circumference: 40.6 cm ankle

Descriptive line

Trousers, blue striped wool, Hill Bros., English, 1870-1880


Wool; Cotton


Clothing; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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