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suit 1954.960

Object Name: suit

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1760-1780

Accession Number: 1954.960
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • corded

Crimson corded silk coat, waistcoat and breeches.

Coat : lined crimson silk, sleeves lined white cotton and linen front fastening to 2 in below round neck with eleven silk covered buttons and buttonholes; very narrow neckband tapering to front; pocket, white linen and cotton, each side at waist, with shaped flap with four vertical ornamental buttonholes, the outer two fastening to button on coat below, the inner two uncut, with buttons below flap; fronts curving away slightly to sides; back in two sections; skirt flared and pleated at side, open seam caught at bottom and at one point towards hem; centre back of skirt seamed at waist with long ornamental buttonhole, and another below each side; pleat at side back seam, centre back seam open from waist; long sleeves in two sections, turnback cuffs with four buttons and ornamental buttonholes

Breeches : slightly shaped waistband white twilled linen and cotton fastening centre front with three buttons and buttonholes, with crimson silk gusset at back between two holes each side laced with red silk ribbon; front flap lined crimson silk, fastening two smaller buttons and buttonholes; pocket each side, white twilled cotton and linen, fastening with button at hip; back gathered into waistband; seamed centre back and at inner and outer leg; knee fastening with four buttons and buttonholes, opening lined crimson silk and white twilled linen and cotton; kneeband lined cream plush, fastening with rectangular gilt buckles fastened into buttonhole (buckles probably added but contemporary)

Waistcoat : crimson corded silk; skirt lining and front edge facing crimson silk; back and front lining white twilled cotton and linen fronts fastening to 1 in from round neck with fourteen silk covered buttons and buttonholes; skirt cut away below waist, flared at sides, side seams open with slight overlap; pocket, white twilled cotton and linen, each side at waist, with shaped flap with four vertical buttonholes, the outer two fastening to button beneath, the inner two uncut with buttons below flap; back in two sections, seamed at waist; centre back seam open below waist
Worn by Thomas Carill-Worsley (1739-1808), who lived at Platt Hall 1764-1808