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Man's Stock with Bow

Mid- 19th century
Artist/maker unknown, American
In the early nineteenth century, the new sobriety in men's clothing focused attention on their neckwear. As English fashion leader Beau Brummell noted, correctly arranging a cravat required both skill and invention, as well as an expensive supply of starched neckerchiefs. As the century progressed premade neckwear such as stocks, built on a stiffened lining, offered an easier alternative. This example features elastic ends that wrap around the neck and fasten beneath the large applied bow....

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