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  • Date:

    1690-1700 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, silk thread, silver-gilt thread, hand-woven, hand-sewn.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The waistcoat is made of pink silk brocaded with white and silver-gilt thread, lined with pink silk taffeta. The neckline is square at the back and V-shaped in front. It fastens in front with three silk bows - three original ties remain and there are two later replacements. There are six laps (tabs below the waist). The sleeves are loose, curved and three-quarter length, fastening with two silver-gilt buttons at the wrist. The waistcoat has been made over from some other garment and is heavily pieced in areas. The silk brocade matches that on the cuffs of 176-1900, the wedding coat of Thomas Isham.


1690-1700 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, silk thread, silver-gilt thread, hand-woven, hand-sewn.


Length: 56.5 cm shoulder to hem approx, Circumference: 80.0 cm Bust under armholes approx

Object history note

Part of the Isham collection purchased in 1899.

Descriptive line

A woman's waistcoat, 1700-1720, English; Pink silk brocade with white silk and silver-gilt thread (matches cuffs on coat 175-1900)


Silk (textile); Silk thread; Ribbon, silk


Hand weaving; Brocading; Hand sewing


Women's clothes; Textiles

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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