Antique circa 1910 men's dove grey cotton waistcoat or vest features woven designs in silver-grey and white and has four single-welt pockets, two smaller (3.5") ones at chest level and two 4.5" ones at the waist.
Lined and backed in pearl grey cotton sateen, it fastens high with five grey shell buttons and has an intact martingale in back, labelled "Benjamin Levin, Maker New York". The notched front hem of the vest is echoed in the curved hem of the back.
I've been unable to find anything about a Benjamin Levin of New York, but a Lithuanian immigrant named Benjamin Levin opened a tailoring shop in 1913 in Cumberland, Maryland, and operated there through 1960.
Measuring chest 37", front longest length 21" and back longest length 19.5", the vest is in good/very good condition, with the front exceptionally clean and crisp but a touch of discoloration to the lining and back as well as 2 faint, tea-colored dots to the back see photos #5, #6, and #7).
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Item ID: aiga1
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