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Shirt

1791 (dated)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Man’s shirt made of linen known as 'coarse holland', 29½ inches (75 cm) wide, with a thread count of 86 × 86 per inch, sewn with linen thread. The full width was used for the body and sleeves. It ‘T-shaped’, constructed of rectangular pieces: body, collar, 2 sleeves, 2 shoulder straps, 2 cuffs, 2 sleeve gussets, 2 side gussets and 2 neck gussets. The collar is 3⅞ inches (9.5 cm) deep, fastening with 3 Dorset [linen thread) buttons and worked button holes, with another button and buttonhole half way down the front opening. The wristbands are 2 inches (5 cm) deep, each fastening with a Dorset button and buttonhole.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Linen; hand-woven, hand-sewn
Brief description
Man's linen shirt, made in Great Britain, dated 1791; 'JT 1791' laundry mark
Physical description
Man’s shirt made of linen known as 'coarse holland', 29½ inches (75 cm) wide, with a thread count of 86 × 86 per inch, sewn with linen thread. The full width was used for the body and sleeves. It ‘T-shaped’, constructed of rectangular pieces: body, collar, 2 sleeves, 2 shoulder straps, 2 cuffs, 2 sleeve gussets, 2 side gussets and 2 neck gussets. The collar is 3⅞ inches (9.5 cm) deep, fastening with 3 Dorset [linen thread) buttons and worked button holes, with another button and buttonhole half way down the front opening. The wristbands are 2 inches (5 cm) deep, each fastening with a Dorset button and buttonhole.
Dimensions
  • Collar to hem length: 107cm
  • Sleeve (shoulder to cuff) length: 57cm
  • Armpit to armpit width: 70cm
Marks and inscriptions
JT / 1791 (Laundry mark embroidered in cross stitch with blue silk thread on shirt front at right side gusset)
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 1987/1593.
Collection
Accession number
T.281-1987

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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