This is an elegant early Victorian-era cream silk waistcoat. The silk has an underlying pattern of holly leaves and berries and the fabric is embroidered (most likely machine) with delightful sprays of flowers in apricot, brown and blue with pale green leaves. The waistcoat has lapels and collar and two pockets. It has six matching small buttons. It is lined with polished cotton and has the same cotton at the back with two strips and an adjustable buckle. There are a couple of watermarks and a couple of tiny stains on the silk and the cotton has some stains, but in general the condition is excellent for age. In one pocket is an intriguing card that states, “Waistcoat hand-made worn at City Banquet about 1850”. Some of the stitching appears hand-done and some machine. This would be a lovely waistcoat to wear or for a re-enactment. Please note that the watch chain featured in some of the images is not included. Shoulder to shoulder 13.75 ins (35cm). Underarm to underarm 19.5 ins (49.5cm). Maximum length 21.75 ins (58cm). Please note that this lovely item has been in storage, so once shipped it may still retain a whiff of mothballs. This should settle with airing. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 163.
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