A mid-19th century man's silk waistcoat. The foreparts of blue voided silk decorated with foliage. Backed with glazed cotton and lined with cotton. Japanned buckle on back. The bases of the foreparts are lined with leather ( a feature of waistcoats from the 1840s & 50s ). Circa 1845-50. Measurements, north to south 22 to 20". West to east 18". Chest size, about 36". Condition, Very Good. A superb period voided silk waistcoat. Flamboyant waistcoats were popular during the 1840s, when Charles Dickens toured America in 1842, his waistcoats were described as being ' somewhat in the flash order'.For an example of a voided silk waistcoat of the period see, Lucy Johnston. Nineteenth-Century Fashion In Detail ( V&A Museum Publication ) Page 198. N.B The colour is bluer than it appears in the photographs.
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