Thursday, May 14, 2015

Late 18th Century Yellow Men's Waistcoat

From the seller:

This antique french georgian gentlemans waistcoat is in quite good condition for its age!The yellow colour is quite rare and still bright and there is no loss to the embroidery. The shade of yellow can be quite different according to the light: the bright yellow pictures have been taken in the sunlight (making some fading obvious) and the paler ones inside, without flashlight.
The real colour is somewhere in between. there are some marks to the silk front (please look carefully at the picture, all is shown) and a little wear to the edge of the pockets. The collar has been pieced in the back to save some of the precious silk .
There is a stain to the linnen back.
the embroidered front pannels are lined with silk - one lining pannel has a nibbled spot to the bottom (see last picture please)

armpit to armpit 18 1/2"
length from shoulder to bottom front 19"
please ask for more pictures!

From Me:

Notice how the bottom edge embroidery looks "off", like there is a piece missing? That's because there is! It looks to have been restyled into the shorter waistcoat fashion around the 1780's.  You can see a similar shaped waistcoat on the Met's website. So this might have been from the 1770's or 1760's. Pretty cool!

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