Huge lapels reaching right across the body. I like the way the last right hand side button is on the under flap, so holding it firmly in place, with the buttonhole on the upper flap. This was worn by Thomas Crewe Dod(1754-1827).
Unusually this waistcoat is a very good size. Most waistcoats of this period are tiny.
Provenance: This waistcoat came from the family of Thomas Crewe Dod Esq (1754-1827) of Edge Hall, Malpas, Cheshire. Thomas commenced his military career in the 16th (Queen’s) Light Dragoons as Cornet in August 1775 when he was 21. He went to America with his regiment in August 1776, under Lieutenant George John Burgoyne. Promoted to Lieutenant in 21st regiment of (Light) Dragoons, he was gazetted captain into the 23rd regiment on 28 September 1781, the regiment returning to England in 1778 . He was gazetted captain in 23rd regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1781. His regiment were the first to land in India in 1782 and on 27 July 1785 Dod was promoted to major. He eventually resigned from the Army to return to his Cheshire estates. He took part in the formation of the Cheshire Provincial Cavalry in 1798 and was commanding officer of the Western Cheshire Yeomanry raised in 1803. He married Anne, daughter of Ralf Sneyd of Keele, Staffs on 20 September 1786 when he was 32. They had six daughters and two sons. It is the sons who interest us because some of the waistcoats and breeches bought would have been worn by them. Thomas (1794 – 1810) who died unmarried age 16 and John Anthony (1821-1798) who died in India aged 23.
The ivory and beige silk vertical stripes with a minute horizontal zigzag weave.with deep foldover collar and huge lapels above eleven pairs of very small self covered flat buttons and silk embroidered buttonholes, two welt pockets, the cotton back with two tape ties, the sides lined with cotton.
Nape to hem 22 in; 66 cm
Underarm 42 1/2 in; 1.08 m
Very very good. There is a small black mark 1 x 1/2 cm to the left hand lapel point. Two black dot marks to the lower right hand side front. The cotton lining is marked but this does not come through to the front brocade.
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