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Jacket

Jacket
1750-1759 (made)
Place Of Origin

Bridegroom's jacket of red woollen cloth, woven in a pattern of stripes and further embroidered with coloured wools. Part of a Norwegian bridegroom's costume purchased by the donor in 1865 from the original owner. The jacket is skirted and slightly cut away in front, with long narrow sleeves. The pattern is a plaid, partly filled with conventional figures supposed to represent the bride, trees, and floral ornament, repeated diagonally within oblong compartments formed by the plaid. White wool lines the jacket.

The jacket has two large pockets, with wide curved and pointed flaps. Silver buttons adorn the jacket's collar, cuffs, and traverse the closure at front; the buttons are stamped with a female figure thought to represent the Dutch Maiden, holding a lance and liberty hat in her right hand, and resting her left arm on a Bible upon a pedestal. The outer rim of the buttons bear the inscription 'BLYHEIDT VRYHEIDT', meaning joyful freedom.



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Brief Description
Jacket, brocaded wool with embroidery, Norway, 1750s.
Physical Description
Bridegroom's jacket of red woollen cloth, woven in a pattern of stripes and further embroidered with coloured wools. Part of a Norwegian bridegroom's costume purchased by the donor in 1865 from the original owner. The jacket is skirted and slightly cut away in front, with long narrow sleeves. The pattern is a plaid, partly filled with conventional figures supposed to represent the bride, trees, and floral ornament, repeated diagonally within oblong compartments formed by the plaid. White wool lines the jacket.



The jacket has two large pockets, with wide curved and pointed flaps. Silver buttons adorn the jacket's collar, cuffs, and traverse the closure at front; the buttons are stamped with a female figure thought to represent the Dutch Maiden, holding a lance and liberty hat in her right hand, and resting her left arm on a Bible upon a pedestal. The outer rim of the buttons bear the inscription 'BLYHEIDT VRYHEIDT', meaning joyful freedom.



Dimensions
  • Length: 33in
  • Across sleeves width: 56in
Measurements have been taken from historic records and have not been checked.
Marks and Inscriptions
BLYHEIDT VRYHEIDT
Gallery Label
MAN'S WEDDING COSTUME, consisting of a coat of woollen cloth, embroidered silk waistcoat and printed fustian breeches. NORWEGIAN; first half of 19th century. Gift of Mrs. Close. T.35,35 and 37-1913.(August 1931)
Credit line
Given by Mrs. E. Close
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
T.34-1913

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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