This lovely piece from The Netherlands is not in the best condtiion. The silver silk probably woven in Haarlem, would have glistened by candlelight. It is very similar to the gentleman's brocade waistcoat of 1760s, found in this section. This piece came from the costume museum in Friesland which closed.
The large scoop neck with neckline gathered with linen tapes, pleated into the waist section with extended rectangular flaps, a centre diamond to the back with curving lines to the back sleeve, further seams to back sides, wide central layered pleats fan out to full skirt, further flat pleats to the back sides, the long curving arms with three silver colooured metal buttons and hand embroidered buttonholes
The fabric is a lace pattern with flowers and leaves of silver woven in the blue grey ground.
The bodice lining has a highly glazed saxe blue Norwich worsted wool (almost certainly) lining, the front gathered with cord ties fastened with large metal hooksand eyes sewn with twine? a tape loop each side, to secure the bodice down to the underskirt,
The front underarm areas are weak and damaged and have very slight stains. Both sleeves have some splits to the elbow area at the front and the lower area to the top of the buttons on the back. The actual cuff are has been turned under, presumably this was passed down to and the arms were too long. The gathering round the front bodice is slightly split revealing the tape. There is a very small navy patch to the front left hand side, where the bodice meets the skirt. Photos available.
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