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Mummers Costume: Jacket, Trousers and Hat

Artist/maker unknown, English

Possibly made in Yorkshire, England, Europe


Natural linen plain weave with appliqués in blue, black, red, brown fulled wool plain weave; blue wool fringe; blue wool; off-white cotton fringe; light brown silk and cotton fringe; off-white wool; silver lace; brown wool braid; dark blue and yellow braid; peach wool tassel

Center Back Length (Jacket (a)): 31 inches (78.7 cm) Trousers (b): 41 1/2 inches (105.4 cm) Hat (c): 9 1/2 × 5 1/4 × 20 inches (24.1 × 13.3 × 50.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by various donors in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt

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In the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British mummers dressed in fantastic modes to perform plays and dances at annual festivals, especially around Christmas. The antic revelry and gentle mischief making of the clowns, or Toms, encouraged donations from amused spectators and gave working-class men the chance to act out. This mummers costume is covered with playful appliqués including devils carrying pitchforks and, on the back of the hat, the date and initials TF—probably signifying Tom Fool.

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