1815-1820 ca. Navy Blue Wool Tailcoat, English Double-breasted coat of blue wool, cut away in the front. With a fairly deep roll collar, a double row of five brass buttons, and four further brass buttons at the back. The wrists fasten with two cloth-covered buttons. With oblique false pocket flaps, one on each side, with deep pockets below them entered vertically, and another deep pocket inside entered horizontally. Lined with wool. Hand-sewn. Great Britain (made). Wool, lined with wool, brass, hand-sewn. ‘Hammond Turner & Sons, Extra Superfine’ Stamped behind the brass buttons. The cut-away coat remained formal daywear for men until the 1850s. This example has long tight sleeves, puffed at the shoulder, a style typical of the period 1815-1820. The roll collar has an M-shape notch, introduced about 1803, and the coat has a waist seam. via Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. Given by Lady Osborn. Follow Suzi Love … Continue reading →
1780 ca. Man’s Gold Silk Banyan, British. via Metropolitan Museum New York City, U.S.A. metmuseum.org For at-home wear, a gentleman had a dressing gown, often with a matching waistcoat, and an undress cap or turban. From the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, USA.: ‘For at-home wear, a gentleman had a dressing gown, often with a matching waistcoat, and an undress cap or turban. As for breeches, they were not designed especially for this casual ensemble, but rather borrowed from other suits. The dressing gown was cut like a man’s loose coat and usually hung to the floor, though there were also versions that stopped below the knees. Since there were no fastenings, the wearer overlapped the dressing gown in front when he walked so that the sides did not billow out behind him. The sleeves were originally rolled back to form cuffs, but later dressing gowns display the fashionable cuff of their period. In England these dressing gowns were called “banyans” or “Indian nightgowns” because of their kimono-like form and Eastern origin. Banyans were made in a variety of fabrics, including silk brocades, damasks, and printed cottons. Winter banyans were occasionally quilted for extra warmth. Gentlemen received friends while attired in banyans as a sign of their informality and of their intimacy with the visitor. By the 1780s, gentlemen ventured out of doors in this comfortable and stylish costume. According to Town and Country Magazine in 1785: “Banyans are worn in every part of the town from Wapping to Westminster, and if a sword is occasionally put on it sticks out of the middle of the slit behind. This however is the fashion, the ton, and what can a man do? He must wear a banyan.” This yellow damask banyan with its bold Chinese Chippendale – inspired pattern … Continue reading →
18th Century, or 1700s, Men’s Three Piece Suits of Coat, Vest, and Breeches.
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18th Century Gentleman’s Wedding Suit.
Typical of the type of outfit a gentleman in the Georgian Era would wear to a wedding or important event. The jacket flares from the waist into multiple folds to give easier movement and the front has a long line of matching buttons. The breeches have a buttoning front flap. Part of the costume collection at Ham House, Surrey, UK. Part of the National Trust, UK. nationaltrustimages.org.ukContinue reading →
Weird historical pants for menContinue reading →