This is a men's waistcoat or as we would call it, a vest. It is older, from the late 1820's. The piece is entirely hand sewn and fashioned of a linen pique. This has an charming pale print to the textile that I have pictured. The stitches are so tiny that I needed a loop to ascertain whether all the stitching was by hand. The inside of this vest is also linen lined. The back of this vest is fashioned of linen. The piece has a lace up closure in the back to adjust for size with 4 holes on each side for laces. There are 2 pockets in the front one on either side. The front closure is a button closure. I do not know if the buttons are original. They are metal and have a horse riding motif on them. I have pictured it.
Content: linen, linen pique
Condition: Very good. This is in very good antique condition. It has not been cleaned; There is heavy rust staining inside one of the pockets; you see some on the outside but the pocket inside is heavily stained. There is surface dirt and rust staining throughout in places. This should come out with a gentle soak.
Age: Early 1800's; 1810, 1820
Size: Armpit to armpit across the chest measures 20"; Back neckline to hemline measures 21". Waistline will fit up to 36".