Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Gentleman's Silk Waistcoat, c. 1790

This handsome silk waistcoat with a linen back dates from c. 1790. Although the owner and maker are currently unknown, it is possible that the panels are English, sewn together locally, most likely in Maine. 

According to the museum director, Tara Vose Raiselis, there may have been size alterations at some point, indicated by the slightly mismatched embroidery (above). Note the neutral toned palette and stylised, geometric detailing. Light weight and without bulk it fits the desired male silhouette of the time. Embroidered buttons add to the charm. The waistcoat is an elegant, appropriate Neoclassical statement.

Currently under study, the waistcoat and is not on view and has not been published. Enjoy this special 'behind the scene' look into the collection of the Dyer Library/Saco Museum, Saco, Maine. 

All photos are courtesy, Dyer Library/Saco Museum

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