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Jacket

18th century (made)
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Place Of Origin

A long sleeved jacket of white with a pattern of chevrons along the lower edge, the front edges, the centre back and the inner and outer sleeve, made up of knit, purl and moss stitches. The waist is shaped with gores made by decreases. The back and front are knit in one piece, dividing at the sleeves and knit together at the shoulders. The sleeves are made from stitches from the main body and picked up from the front and back and knit to the wrist. The front edges are bound with a 6mm wide strip of linen.
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Materials and Techniques
Hand knit with two-ply white cotton yarn.
Brief Description
A jacket knitted in white cotton, 18th century, English for an adult
Physical Description
A long sleeved jacket of white with a pattern of chevrons along the lower edge, the front edges, the centre back and the inner and outer sleeve, made up of knit, purl and moss stitches. The waist is shaped with gores made by decreases. The back and front are knit in one piece, dividing at the sleeves and knit together at the shoulders. The sleeves are made from stitches from the main body and picked up from the front and back and knit to the wrist. The front edges are bound with a 6mm wide strip of linen.
Dimensions
  • Overall, flat length: 68.2cm
  • Overall, flat width: 125cm
  • Chest circumference: 83.5cm
Gallery Label
1. JACKET Hand-knitted two-ply cotton English, 17th century This jacket was knitted in one piece in the round and was then slit down the front and the raw edges hemmed. It is knitted in stocking stitch with bands of geometric patterning in plain and purl, and the false seam lines are knitted in. Given by Mr. Eric Bullivant T.61-1939(1985)
Credit line
Given by Mr Eric Bullivant
Historical context
Probably an item of underwear and could have been worn by a man or a woman. Its decorative pattern is identical to that of a baby's jacket, T.30-1932, and may have formed part of a layette to be worn by a pregnant or nursing woman
Bibliographic References
  • Hinchcliffe, Frances (ed.), Knit One, Purl One : Historic and Contemporary Knitting from the V&A's Collection. V&A, London, 1985
  • Historical Fashion in Detail The 17th and 18th Centuries
Collection
Accession Number
T.61-1939

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record createdFebruary 16, 1999
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