This is a most elegant waistcoat of old gold-hued watered silk with a fine squared pattern giving the appearance of ribbon. It has six small buttons and buttonholes – the top button being a compatible replacement. It has simple fold-over lapels and collar and also has a pocket on each side. It is lined with brown polished cotton. At the back are two strips of fabric that appear once to have been elasticized which may have been replacements of bands and buckle. There are a few scattered wear areas and splits but these are not immediately obvious and overall the condition is very good for age. This could be worn with care. Please note that any jewelry featured in the images is not included. Shoulder to shoulder 12.25 ins (31cm). Underarm to underarm 18 ins (45.7cm). Maximum length 22 ins (56cm). 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 44.
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