By the 1780s waistcoats had lost their skirts and were cut straight across at the lower hem, for all but evening and Court dress. A small collar appeared, echoing the development of the coat collar, and by the 1790s it had grown to the generous size seen here, with large revers (lapels). The double-breasted style, in both coats and waistcoats, was also a fashion that began in the 1780s. A network of violet and cream-coloured silk ribbons has been applied to this waistcoat, with buttons embroidered in the same colours to match.


  • Title: Waistcoat
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1795/1800
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Weight: 0.34 kg, Length: 17.25 in centre front maximum, Width: 11 in back
  • Provenance: Given by Miss H. L. Surtees
  • Medium: Silk, applied ribbonwork, lined and backed with cotton, handsewn

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