An elegant c1900 men's antique or vintage tuxedo. It features a shawl collar dinner jacket, and pants with silk twill stripe. This listing is for the Tuxedo only. Many of our photos are lighter to show details.
The jacket is black gabardine with a black silk satin shawl collar. The gabardine has a smooth surface and a drapey quality to it. It is medium weight, and is very softly luminous.
The jacket is ventless, has a single button in front and 2 buttons at the sleeves. It has 2 pockets in front...none at the chest. Fully lined in a black silk with deep ivory sleeve lining.
The pants are classic Victorian cut. They are quite tapered towards the bottom and feature the characteristic angle cut on the bottom of the pant leg. This was so it could just top the front of the mans instep...and taper to the back and hit almost to the floor.
The pants are button fly, watch pocket, adjustable strap in back. They have no pleats and are tapered towards the hem. They have a silk woven stripe on the side.
The tuxedo has a label which reads: A. Betti, Merchant Tailor, Mt. Kisco, NY. A. Betti established his business in the 1880's.
ABOUT: The dinner jacket came into fashion towards the latter part of the 19th c. Introduced in England by the Prince of Wales. It was adopted as an acceptable, if not slightly less formal, alternative to the tailcoat...and became wildly popular (and still is). The shawl collar is an adaptation from the earlier Victorian smoking jackets.
Silk waistcoat: http://www.rubylane.com/item/460150-1587/FINEST-Mens-c1900-Black-Silk
CONDITION: Sold as found. We find no holes, or tears. The pant hem has a 1" wear line in the back where. This is not problematic if the length is fine, or you need to shorten the pant.
There is a lighter oxidized spot on the Right sleeve and body of jacket, and some snags on the wool body.
SIZE: 40??. Size is For reference only. Always use measurements provided below. We want this to fit you! My customers that call with any size or measurement concerns always have the best results. PLEASE email or call with ANY size concerns.
~Length: 31-1/2" (right below collar and straight down back)
~Shoulders: 19+" shoulder to shoulder
~Sleeve: 25" shoulder to cuff
PANTS: They are quite a bit larger than the jacket..but could be tailored.
~Inseam: 31"....measure 42" down center front right under waist band.
~Cuff or bottom: 17" around...this is quite narrow which is classic for the period
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PLEASE NOTE: We do not clean most of our vintage clothing, and recommend that you either wash or have them dry cleaned. Any issues we believe will be problematic we mention. Thanks, Maire et al