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Woman's waistcoat, embroidery and fringe trim

ca. 1700
Origin: England
OL: 24"; Waist: 26"; Width across back: 13"; OW: (folded) 16";
Cream tabby linen front, back and linings; silk embroidery threads; light brown linen fringe.
Gift of Mrs. Cora Ginsburg
Acc. No. 1989-435
Lady's sleeveless embroidered waistcoat has a scooped, rounded neckline and shoulder straps. It is fitted through the body, tapering at the waist, and flares out at the hips in rounded skirts. There are no fasteners on the front edges. The waistcoat is of cream linen embroidered overall in a scalloped pattern with tan silk thread, and further decorated along front edges and on back with multicolored flowers, leaves, vines, and scenes. The front scenes show 2 mirror images of a bush with pink flowers, a gray bird with yellow and blue wings, and a lady dressed in similar colors with an apron of yellow and russet. The back has 2 red birds on the skirts, which are also surrounded with similar floral patterns to those on the front. The garment is constructed with a center back seam and side seams which open with 10" vents at the skirts of the garment.

Mark(s):White twill label (1 1/4" x 2 1/2") with pinked edges reads "Miss Richardson, Herton(?) Shutt's Lane, Coombe Bissett".