Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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Date Created

c. 1900


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


Cotton corduroy, cotton


c. 1900. Man’s vest of yellow cotton corduroy.

The vest is made with four pieces: two front panels of yellow cotton corduroy and two back panels of white cotton. At the hem the front is cut straight across at the waist, and in back the panels curve up toward the center to a 4.4 cm / 1.75 in. high peak at the seam. The vest is single-breasted with front openings measuring 15.9 cm / 6.25 in. high. There are three flat buttons covered with the yellow corduroy at the opening. The vest has a deep U shape in front measuring 48.3 cm / 19 in. from the shoulder seam to the top of the front opening, finished with a shawl collar 5.1 cm / 2 in. at widest that has been sewn down. There are two pockets on the left side and one on the right, and one interior pocket on the right. The vest can be adjusted with a belt sewn in at the side seams in back. The front is lined with a cream cotton twill, with padding between the velvet and the lining at the chest. “Sawyer 48 sm” is written in ink on the lining of the left front panel. Machine-sewn and hand-sewn.


Chest: 115.6 cm / 45.5 in.
Hem: 119.4 cm / 47 in.
Side seam: 26.7 cm / 10.5 in.
Back length: 59.1 cm / 23.25 in.


Gift of Mary Pepperrell Ffrost Sawyer. Worn by the donor’s father-in-law, Charles Henry Sawyer (1840-1909).

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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.

Ffrost-Sawyer_history.pdf (75 kB)
Ffrost-Sawyer history


Men's vests, Waistcoats, c. 1900, Dover, New Hampshire, United States, Single-breasted, Cotton corduroy, Yellow (color), Cotton, White (color), Shawl collar, Pockets, Belt, Cotton twill, Cream (color), Machine-sewn, Hand-sewn, Ffrost Sawyer (donor), Ffrost (donor), Frost (donor)


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