Costume; Clothing; Main garments; Main garments for the upper body; Vests
1830-1860. Man’s vest of brown velveteen, machine-embroidered with pink flowers and green leaves.
The vest is made with three pieces: two front panels of velveteen, and one back panel of brown polished cotton. At the hem the front dips in a rounded point at the waist, and in back the panels curve up toward the center to a 1.3 cm / 0.5 in. high peak at the seam. The vest is single-breasted with front openings measuring 35.6 cm / 14 in. high. There are five thread-covered buttons at the opening. The vest has a short V in front measuring 22.9 cm / 9 in. from the shoulder seam to the top of the front opening, finished with a shawl collar 5.1 cm / 2 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 white polished cotton, with light padding between the velvet and the lining at the chest.
Chest: 101.6 cm / 40 in.
Hem: 88.9 cm / 35 in.
Side seam: 26.7 cm / 10.5 in.
Back length: 48.3 cm / 19 in.
Gift of Sir Charles Jameson
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Men's vests, Waistcoats, 1830-1860, Single-breasted, Velveteen, Brown (color), Machine-embroidered, Shawl collar, Pockets, Polished cotton, Glazed cotton, White (color), Thread-covered buttons, Belt, Flowers, Leaves, Pink (color), Green (color), Jameson (donor)