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Shirt

1800-1810 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

A man's shirt made of linen, cut in a T-shape, with collar, cuffs, sleeve gussets, neck gussets, shoulder straps on the inside of the shirt and sleeve pieces at the shoulder. The linen is 34½ inches wide and their is a selvedge on each side seam. The collar is 5 inches high; the cuffs 3¾ inches deep. A 'bosom ruffle' of fine white muslin edges the neck opening.
read A brief history of men's underwear From 19th-century ruffle-fronted shirts to 1990s Calvin Kleins, Shaun Cole, Associate Professor in Fashion at Winchester School of Art, explores the hidden history of men's underwear in this edited extract from the V&A book, 'Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear'.
Object details
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Object type
Materials and techniques
Linen, cotton; hand-sewn
Brief description
A man's shirt, 1800-1810, British; white linen with white muslin ruffle
Physical description
A man's shirt made of linen, cut in a T-shape, with collar, cuffs, sleeve gussets, neck gussets, shoulder straps on the inside of the shirt and sleeve pieces at the shoulder. The linen is 34½ inches wide and their is a selvedge on each side seam. The collar is 5 inches high; the cuffs 3¾ inches deep. A 'bosom ruffle' of fine white muslin edges the neck opening.
Dimensions
  • Shoulder to hem length: 92.5cm (approx)
  • Cuff to cuff width: 191.5cm (approx)
Marks and inscriptions
R. Comrie / N.20 (stamped in indelible ink on shirt front, right side by side gusset)
Collection
Accession number
T.16-2019

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Record createdMarch 11, 2019
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