Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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Costume; Clothing; Main garments; Main garments for the upper body; Vests


Silk satin, cotton


1865-1867. Man’s vest of black silk satin.

The vest is made with three pieces: two front panels of silk satin, and one back panel of brown polished cotton. At the hem the front curves slightly across at the waist, and in back the panel curves up toward the center to a 1.9 cm / 0.75 in. high peak. The vest is double-breasted with a 7.6 cm / 3 in. overlap and front openings measuring 19.1 cm / 7.5 in. high. There are four black thread-covered buttons and four buttonholes at the opening of both right and left front panels, with all eight buttons visible when worn. The vest has a deep V in front measuring 40.6 cm / 16 in. from the shoulder seam to the top of the front opening, finished with a shawl collar 6.4 cm / 2.5 in. at widest. There are two welt pockets on the left side and one on the right. The vest can be adjusted with a belt sewn in at the side seams in back. The entire vest is lined with white polished cotton, with padding between the satin and the lining at the chest. The front panel lining has an additional facing at the hem of brown kidskin, 3.2 cm / 1.25 in. wide at the front and narrowing to 1.3 cm / 0.5 in. at the side seam. Machine-sewn and hand-sewn.


Chest: 101.6 cm / 40 in.
Hem: 95.3 cm / 37.5 in.
Side seam: 24.1 cm / 9.5 in.
Back length: 47.6 cm / 18.75 in.


Gift of Alice Hubbard Stevens

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University of New Hampshire Library


Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

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The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.


Men's vests, Waistcoats, 1865-1867, Colebrook, New Hampshire, United States, Double-breasted, Silk satin, Black (color), Polished cotton, Glazed cotton, Brown (color), White (color), Thread-covered buttons, Welt pockets, Shawl collar, Belt, Kidskin, Machine-sewn, Hand-sewn, Hubbard Stevens (donor)


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