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Coat

1765-1780
Origin: England
OL (center back): 39"
Ribbed silk; tabby silk linings and pocket facings; tabby linen back and sleeve linings and pockets. Sequins and metal buttons.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1970-155
Man's coat of light blue streaked silk taffeta (possibly called lustring or lutestring). Coat is fashioned with narrow standup collar, two-piece sleeves with 4" cuffs, 4" pocket flaps, and back-vented and side-pleated skirt. Eleven dark, sequined buttons trim the front, which curves away toward the hem. Three buttons trim each pocket, with worked but non-functional buttonholes. Two front hooks and eyes. Front and skirt linings of yellow silk tabby; balance of coat lined with tabby natural linen.

Construction History:
1. 1765-1780 Initial Construction
2. Hooks and eyes sewn in before new yellow lining replacement attached, sometime in the 18th century probably.
Label:Pastel colors and glittery stones, seen in this coat, were considered manly and appropriate for dressy occasions.