This is a superb mens waistcoat from the mid 19th Century. It is a sewing wonder as the stitches are so tiny I had to put them under a loop to see if they were stitched by hand or machine. Usually I do that with lace; never had to do it with a garment. This is fine tailoring. The waistcoat has a padded front, most likely to protect the silk. It has 3 pockets. Inside the bottom front has leather facings on both sides, which were common on waistcoats of this era. The collar is a shawl collar. The piece is lined with white polished cotton. The back of this vest is fashioned of brown polished cotton with an adjustable buckle for fit.
Content: Silk w a satin finish, polished cotton lining and back
Condition: Very good antique condition. Flaws include a tiny pinhole near the armcycle. A stain on the front left side. I do not know if this can be removed. One missing button. No perspiration staining. Item has not been cleaned.
Age: Antique Victorian mid 19th Century circa 1840
Size: Underarm seam to underarm seam is 19" across the front. Armcycle edge to armcycle edge across the back shoulders is 13-1/2". Back neckline to hemline measures 22". This waistcoat does have a scallop at the center back lower edge so the measurement is to the long portion not the part which scallops up.