M1214 | Waistcoat

 
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Waistcoat
About 1775, 18th century
Fibre: silk (satin, facing, embroidery), wool, linen (lining); metal (sequins, coils); Sewn (hand)
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
M1214
© McCord Museum
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This waistcoat was donated by David Ross McCord: it had been worn by a member of the Desrivières family, which was well-known on the fur trade. Although embroidered coats had ceased to be worn by most people at this time, a more somber costume could have been further embellished by a sparkling embroidered waistcoat similar to this. Indeed a special item, the clothing's embroidery at this time would have been executed by a male embroiderer!