Gentleman's silk faille waistcoat, c.1780-1795
Informal antique clothing, made for everyday living, is the hardest to find. Such items were generally worn until they fell apart or were recycled. Informal clothing with exceptional style, such as our waistcoat, is even more rare on the market.
When I found the waistcoat, I was charmed by the choice of richly colored fabric for an everyday garment. Equally touching is the attempt to match the color of the self-covered buttons to the ground color of the stripes: red buttons at the top and bottom of the waistcoat and striped in the center.
This is one of those special pieces that speaks to us over time. It displays beautifully. The striped silk faille fronts of the waistcoat have set-in pockets with flaps. The back and front lining are of beige linen. Everything is hand stitched.
The condition is almost excellent. The structurally sound waistcoat has a few pale stains and slight abrasion along lower edges of the pockets and along the hem.
It measures: 42" chest and 29" center-back length.