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habit 1951.423

Object Name: riding habit

Artist/Maker: H J & D Nicoll
Role in production: Make
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1880-1890

Accession Number: 1951.423
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • wool
  • chamois leather
  • cloth
  • elastic

Brown, woollen twill cloth, and chamois leather.
Jacket: Lightly boned, with narrow standing collar, fastening down centre front with 11 black braid buttons; front shaped with darts, waistline with central point; back in 5 shaped sections, 3 central sections shaped into tab at centre back; two buttons at waist; long sleeves with two buttons at cuff; inner waistband hooking at front; three vertical buttonholes each on tab from waist across back and one at end of back tab; woven tape loop at neck: "Nicoll's Manufacture London & Paris".

skirt: cut in three pieces - two large and one smaller cross secion, with shaping for knee on right, wrapping over and fastening at left with four concealed black silk buttons and two hooks and eyes on waistband; three buttons across back to fasten to jacket; slit pocket on left under opening; sections of lining at top right; elastic loop at back hem; tapes inside waist;

breeches: upper part to knee of chamois leather, lower legs of same cloth as jacket and skirt but with reverse of fabric turned outwards; waist lined with cream silk, open at top each side, fastening with four linen buttons, one pair of metal buttons each side of leg at ankle, stamped "Nicoll 114 to 120 Regent St" woven label at waist; "H.J. Nicoll 114 116 118 120 Regent St. 21 22 Cornhill".


Type: Length (jacket)
Height: 60 cm

Type: Waist (jacket)
Width: 60

Type: Length (skirt)
Height: 135

Type: Waist (skirt)
Width: 60

Type: Length (breeches)
Height: 108