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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1809 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, lined with silk, trimmed with silk braid, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss M. D. Nicholson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The lightweight nature of women’s dress in the 1790s and early 1800s required an extra layer when worn outdoors. A front-opening coat, or pelisse, with long sleeves and high collar was fashionable for outdoor wear. Similar examples are illustrated in fashion journals such as La Belle Assemblée and the Lady’s Monthly Museum of 1810. This example is made of shot red and blue silk with a decorative braid over the shoulder and side seams at the back.

Physical description

This is mid-calf length, cut straight except for small pleats at the centre of the back of the waist where the matching belt is attached. The fronts are cut without a waist seam and can wrap across to fasten with an inner silk tie, or to be held by the belt. The most striking feature is the back bodice, a panel emphasized by braid trimming on shoulder and side seams. It gets its distinctive shape from the sharp slope of the shoulder seams up to the collar and the slightly gathered head of the long straight sleeve. The coat is lined in blue silk.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1809 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, lined with silk, trimmed with silk braid, hand-sewn


Length: 126.5 cm nape of neck to hem, Height: 7.5 cm of collar, Width: 26 cm back panel

Descriptive line

Pelisse of shot red and blue silk long sleeves with high neck. English 1808-10

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

Rothstein, Natalie. Four Hundred Years of Fashion. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984. ISBN: 1851771166.


Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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