Gentleman’s Embroidered formal dress waistcoat C1780’s
A mans formal dress waistcoat of cream silk taffeta embroidered in floss silks, English: 1780s.
The three pointed pocket flap of this embroidered waistcoat has been shaped to fit the shallow cut-away skirt front. The flap conceals a real if rather small pocket. The embroidery stitches used are stem and satin stitch, with French knots.
The cut is typical for a dress waistcoat of this date. The fashionable high waistline of the late 18th century greatly reduced the length of the waistcoats and consequently the waistcoat skirts. Fully lined in a soft brushed cotton and backed in a light wool with two adjustable cotton ties.
In excellent overall condition. Some light marks to the surface of the silk taffeta waistcoat front, around the inner facings, and inside of collar. The bushed cotton lining shows signs of wear, some losses to edge of wool back.
Taken whilst garment is lying flat
47cm across front
60cm nape neck to hem
6cm collar height.