Waistcoat of man's suit - 909.33.4.C_1

909.33.4.C_1

Waistcoat of man's suit

Medium:Silk droguet with silver filé weft and brown flushing-warp pattern, embroidered in coiled metal wire (gold bullion), gold and silver sequins, silver foil and glass paste
Geography: England
Date: 1770-1779
Object number: 909.33.4.C
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DescriptionThis waistcoat of a man's 3-piece suit is made of silk droguet with silver filé ground, embroidered in coiled metal wire (gold bullion), gold and silver sequins, silver foil and glass paste.The textile has a silver filé weft used throughout (not a brocade) and the small-scale diaper pattern is produced by a golden-brown flushing warp. The ftted centre front opening is trimmed with embroidery and sequins. There are twelve buttons and button holes and a pocket on each lower side with embroidered flap and three buttons beneath a small round neck. On the back there is cream-coloured taffeta on the centre back seam. The waistcoat is lined with the same taffeta at sides and heavy, natural linen at the back. The suit features over-sized buttons, a mark of macaroni dress in the late 1770s when huge steel or jewelled buttons were fashionable.
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