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Child's coat

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (probably)

  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk textile, silk thread, cotton textile, gold thread
    hand sewing, embroidering, laid work, couching

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jocelyn A. Howden

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Child's single-breasted coat of petrol blue silk twill, lined throughout with dark cream figured cotton and embroidered in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement. The coat has a turn-down collar lined with dark blue silk, and wrist-length sleeves with mitred turn-back half cuffs; the garment is constructed in six panels, the two front ones with the effect of a waist seam, and is box-pleated from neck to hem at front (five pleats) and back (three pleats). The collar, half cuffs and box-pleats are richly worked in silk threads with flowers, fruit and leaves in hand-stitched embroidery and laid work, in white, purple and shades of blue, red, pink, and green, outlined with couched gold thread. The stitches used include satin stitch, feather stitch, herringbone stitch, detached buttonhole stitch and blanket stitch, and tied cross stitch ; some of the motifs are also decorated with beadwork. The collar and front pleats are edged with split blanket stitch in coral silk thread, and the hems of the sleeves and the top of the neck front have been covered with strips of ornamental machine embroidery. The garment opens the length of the front, fastening with closed hooks and eyes.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (probably)



Materials and Techniques

silk textile, silk thread, cotton textile, gold thread
hand sewing, embroidering, laid work, couching


Length: 56.5 cm Centre back below collar

Descriptive line

Child's embroidered silk coat; probably British, 1880-95

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

Anscombe, Isabelle and Gere, Charlotte. 'Arts & Crafts in Britain and America' London: Academy Editions, 1978
Christie, Mrs Archibald 'Samplers and Stitches' London: Batsford, undated circa 1920

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private


Silk (textile); Silk thread; Cotton (textile); Gold thread


Hand sewing; Embroidering; Laid work; Couching (embroidering)

Subjects depicted

Stylized fruits; Stylized leaves; Stylized flowers


Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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