The embroidery design is similar to waistcoats of the 1770s / 80s. In fact it is from the 1820s when formal court wear was still being worn. Beautiful quality. The pockets are unusual in that access is at the top.18th century pockets would have the shaped lower edge access.
The collar and leading edges finely embroidered with flower and leaf sprays in shades of deep and lighter pink, pale blue, yellow, green, brown, ivory and mauve silks, the pockets similar, the foreparts of the waistcoat with small flower sprigs, all on a fine ivory grosgrain silk.
The high neck and buttonholes embroidered on the edge of the right hand side, the small self covered buttons on the edge of the left, slanting pockets with top access, slanting lower edges, the back in a wider ivory silk with silk ribbon tie pulling together two sections, each with a buttonhole, cotton lining.
Nape of back neck to hem 19 in; 48 cm
Underarm 36 in; 90 cm
Very very good. No marks to the outside. The lining has a few pin prick markings, but nothing to worry about.
Waistcoats From the Hopkins Collection c 1720-1950 p 100/101.
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