Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection


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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.

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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, 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)


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