This is a men's waistcoat from the late 18th Century. It is entirely hand sewn and is fashioned of silk, linen and flax. The piece has a loop and button closure. The buttons are a cotton crochet and the loops are fashioned of cotton braid. The piece has elaborate braid down the center front. There is braid at the arm cycle edges. There was a fabric , stiff in nature that at one time backed the loops; it is deteriorated and you can only see bits of it. The cotton braid that was sewn to it is still there. The silk is in remarkably good condition with no shatter. Shoulder to hemline measures 21". There are no rear ties. This item has NOT been cleaned.