Man's Waistcoat

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1825-1850

Silk satin with silk embroidery in satin stitch; brown cotton plain weave, glazed cotton twill

Center Back Length: 21 inches (53.3 cm) Waist: 32 inches (81.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Howard Hart, 1956

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In the nineteenth century, waistcoats remained the most decorative article in the otherwise sober masculine wardrobe, giving the man with a taste for pattern and embellishment some scope, as this waistcoat shows. The grapevine embroidered on the blue-violet satin accents its fashionable shawl collar and straight-cut waistline.