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waistcoat 1986.103

Object Name: waistcoat

Place of Creation: London (Spitalfields), England
Date: 1740-1745

Accession Number: 1986.103
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • brocade
Support
 
Technique
  • woven
Description

Ivory silk, brocaded with large pink and purple flowers and green and gold leaves. Sleeveless brocaded fronts joined to vertical panels of plain grey ribbed silk joined to the back of coarse unbleached woven linen. Plain round neck with tiny (1/8 in) collar. CF opening with 19 round buttons embroidered in gold silk and silver thread (14th button missing). 19 horizontal, decoratively overstitched button holes (2.5ins long). The top 14 worked as holes along 1" of their length, and the bottom five sham. Large flapped side pockets with 3 points (composed of tiny additional seamed panels). Five buttons similar to CF sewn to fronts below pockets. 5 vertical buttonholes on pocket flaps, the other two worked as holes, along 1" of their length. V shaped pocket openings below. Double horizontal seams at waist level with an additional 2" horizontal panel. Back ends at this level (waist) with skirts flaring below and coming to back points. Seam CB. Front lined with white linen, finer than the coarse backing.

Dimensions

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Depth: 23.5 inches