Antique French waistcoat c 1750 of white silk satin with overall and border embroidery of polychrome flowers and foliage. Small stand collar, 11 embroidered self buttons. Backed and lined with white cotton, ties in the back for a good fit. It's been let out in the past. Apparently, the gentleman's girth expanded. It could've also been originally made for a young man who simply grew. In overall good condition for the age. There are a few slight stains, to be expected considering the age, but nothing to take away from the beauty or function of this wonderful piece. I've seen pieces like this, in like condition, in museums. I bought this in London 20 something years ago back when it fit me. Since then I've been thinking about having it framed in preservation type of frame. I've also been thinking of lending it or donating it to my local museum but college bills are coming up. As a long time embroiderer of 58 years (I started sewing by hand when I was four) I have a deep appreciation for this type of work and the time that goes into it.
This measures 19" across the chest and 29" from neck to bottom hem. This is exquisite work with a lot of attention to detail. To my knowledge, this waist coat had never been cleaned, or dry cleaned in the twenty or so years I've owned it.
Antique c1750 French Men's w Embroidered Silk Front Waistcoat