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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 125b

Tie

1897 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Object Type
The necktie was an essential part of a Victorian gentleman's dress. The variety of styles and colours must have offered some relief from the dark tones then fashionable for men's suits. In March 1895 the Tailor and Cutter referred to ties and scarves as being the 'saving touch from the monotony of sombreness ... Bows, scarves and ties seem to get more and more varied, and, in the majority of styles prettier and more artistic.'

Design & Designing
The high collars fashionable in the late 19th century often made it difficult to keep the neckband of the tie in place. The invention of tie clips and frames helped to solve this problem.

Time
During second half of the 19th century four distinct styles of necktie evolved. They were given a great many different names, which can be confusing. The main categories were: (i) bow tie; (ii) scarf or neckerchief; (iii) Ascot; and (iv) four-in-hand, or sailor's knot, generally referred to as the 'long tie'.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Woven silk, hand-sewn
Brief description
Silk tie, John Barker & Co., Ltd., Kensington and Chelsea, 1897
Physical description
Tie of woven white silk with an over-all pattern of crowned griffons in profile flanked by 'VR' and surmounted by '1897' for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Slightly padded and is shaped to expand to two long squared off ends, one longer than the other. Stitched inside the neck is a printed label.
Dimensions
  • Length: 114cm
  • Width: 6.4cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 13/05/1999 by LH
Marks and inscriptions
'JOHN BARKER & CO. LTD., Hosiers & Shirt Makers Kensington' (Printed on a label stitched inside the neck)
Gallery label
British Galleries: TIES
Ties came in a variety of colours and styles and were still known as cravats. Some were tied by hand while others were ready-made into knots. Ready-mades had a cardboard stiffener to keep the knot in place. They were fastened around the neck with a buckle, catch or piece of elastic.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Given by Dame Kathleen Courtney DBE
Object history
Made by John Barker & Co. Ltd., Hosiers and Shirtmakers, Kensington, London
Summary
Object Type
The necktie was an essential part of a Victorian gentleman's dress. The variety of styles and colours must have offered some relief from the dark tones then fashionable for men's suits. In March 1895 the Tailor and Cutter referred to ties and scarves as being the 'saving touch from the monotony of sombreness ... Bows, scarves and ties seem to get more and more varied, and, in the majority of styles prettier and more artistic.'

Design & Designing
The high collars fashionable in the late 19th century often made it difficult to keep the neckband of the tie in place. The invention of tie clips and frames helped to solve this problem.

Time
During second half of the 19th century four distinct styles of necktie evolved. They were given a great many different names, which can be confusing. The main categories were: (i) bow tie; (ii) scarf or neckerchief; (iii) Ascot; and (iv) four-in-hand, or sailor's knot, generally referred to as the 'long tie'.
Collection
Accession number
T.195-1964

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Record createdMarch 27, 2003
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