Costume; Clothing; Main garments; Main garments for the upper body; Vests
Silk faille, cotton
1867. Man’s wedding vest of white silk faille.
The vest is made with four pieces: two front panels of white silk faille and two back panels of white cotton with a center-back seam. At the hem the front is cut straight across at the waist, and in back the panels have a vent 3.8 cm / 1.5 in. high at the seam. The vest is single-breasted with front openings measuring 15.2 cm / 6 in. high. There are three flat buttons covered with the faille at the opening. The vest has a deep V in front measuring 41.9 cm / 16.5 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. Machine-sewn and hand-sewn.
Chest: 97.8 cm / 38.5 in.
Hem: 90.2 cm / 35.5 in.
Side seam: 26.0 cm / 10.25 in.
Back length: 50.8 cm / 20 in.
Gift of Alice Hubbard Stevens. Worn by the donor’s father-in-law, George S. Leavitt (1831-1907) at his June 18, 1867 wedding to Mary E. Rolfe (1830-1880) in Columbia, New Hampshire.
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Men's vests, Wedding vests, Waistcoats, 1867, Columbia, New Hampshire, United States, Single-breasted, Silk faille, White (color), Cotton, Buttons, Shawl collar, Pockets, Belt, Polished cotton, Glazed cotton, Machine-sewn, Hand-sewn, Hubbard Stevens (donor)