The ribbon knotting on this waistcoat is most unusual as is the innrer collar. I don't recall buying anything similar.
Provenance: This waistcoat came from the family of Thomas Crewe Dodd 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 Dodd 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 five daughters and two boys. It is the boys 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 Cooper Hewitt museum have one which looks very similar, but their's is knotted net over silk.
The high standing neck, with a narrow pale pink/mauve stripe on ivory silk inner lapel, the main waistcoat in a fine diagonal ivory self stripe silk, with lapel revers and all of the front overlaid with a horizontal diamond ribbon knoting in rich pink, choclate and ivory silk, the eleven buttons with same ribbons flattened and plaited, the neck, front and bottom edge trimmed with narrow plain brown silk, a narrow silk pane to the side back, the back of cotton with two tape ties, lined with cotton.
Underarm 40 in;1.02 m
Length back neck to hem 24 in; 60 cm.
The back and inside cotton are a little grubby. The front has a coffee coloured mark, a long narrow vertical one 5 in; 13 cm long x 1 cm. Then another 1 x 2 cm to the right of the long mark. This is all situated from abovethe first button, the the right of the waistcoat as you look at it, down to the third button.
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