Waistcoat & breeches

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possibly made in Britain

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Waistcoat & breeches

This man's silk brocade sleeved waistcoat and breeches dates from between around 1705 and 1710. It was possibly made in Britain.

The silk has faded from its original pink to a pale beige. The brocading (raised design) is of an exotic leaf and flower pattern. The waistcoat, although lacking the large cuffs of the jacket, does have the same buttons, buttonholes and style of pocket flap which the jacket would have had.

The outfit that represented the basis of the three-piece suit was introduced by Charles II in 1666. It consisted of a long, narrow knee-length vest, an outer coat and a pair of breeches. For the rest of the 17th century, this new coat outfit remained fairly loose and comfortable. By the turn of the century, however, the skirts were becoming fuller and eventually required padding or stiffening.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-121-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1983.462 A
Date: Between around 1705 and 1710
c. 1700
Material: Pale pink corded and satin patterned silk, pale blue silk and si
Dimensions: 575 mm L
What: Breeches, man's / suit
ICOM Number: M 1.14
Subject: European Costume : male costume : netherwear
Description: Man's breeches of pale pink corded and satin patterned silk, with brocading in pale blue silk and silver threads, part of a suit: possibly British, about 1700
  • Tarrant, Naomi. The Development of Costume. London & New York. NMS & Routledge, 1994, pp 93-4. 
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