This is a fascinating vintage velvet paisley waistcoat for a gentleman made in a style appropriate for an earlier age. It has the rare feature of an additional buttonhole which is at right angles to the remaining buttonholes and its use would be to secure a watch chain via a T-bar, ring or separate button with the chain then passing to a watch held in one of the two pockets. The design is in typical paisley pattern in shades of brown and cream with front lapels, and lined with a light charcoal/brown silk which is also used for the back. The back of the waistcoat has some pleats and there are two silk adjustable bands with a silver metal buckle. The whole garment is in fantastic condition. Maker J. Peterman Company, Lexington, Kentucky, Size M. This vest could easily be worn and used for modern use or for re-enactments. Please note that the watch chain featured in some images is not included. Shoulder to shoulder 14.25 ins (36cm). Underarm to underarm 19.5 ins (49.5cm). Maximum length 27 ins (68.5cm). 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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