Costume; Clothing; Main garments; Main garments for the upper body; Vests
Silk satin, cotton
1850-1860. Man’s vest of blue silk satin, embroidered with blue flowers, vines, and leaves.
The vest is made with four pieces: two front panels of blue silk satin and two back panels of brown polished cotton with a center-back seam. At the hem the front curves down across at the waist, and in back the panels curve up toward the center to a 2.54 cm / 1 in. high peak at the seam. The vest is single-breasted with front openings measuring 21 cm / 8.25 in. high. There are five flat buttons covered with black fabric at the opening. The vest has a deep V in front measuring 38.1 cm / 15 in. from the shoulder seam to the top of the front opening, finished with a shawl collar 8.3 cm / 3.25 in. at widest. There are two 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 a white polished cotton, with padding between the silk and the lining at the chest. Flowers, vines, and leaves are embroidered along the front hems, openings, pockets, and lapels with a two-ply silk thread matching the hue of the vest. The flowers and leaves are done in satin stitch, and the vines are done in a stem stitch. The name “H von Seeben” is written in ink on the lining of the left front panel. Machine-sewn and hand-sewn.
Chest: 101.6 cm / 40 in.
Hem: 90.2 cm / 35.5 in.
Side seam: 26.7 cm / 10.5 in.
Back length: 53.3 cm / 21 in.
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Men's vests, Waistcoats, 1850-1860, Single-breasted, Silk satin, Blue (color), Polished cotton, Glazed cotton, Brown (color), White (color), Shawl collar, Embroidery, Flowers, Vines, Leaves, Satin stitch, Stem stitch, Pockets, Belt, Machine-sewn, Hand-sewn