Dressing Up Info

Welcome! 1840s Photos of Garments
Wine Velvet Waistcoat


This 1840s double breasted waistcoat is in velvet, of which the pile is a wine colored silk on a black backing. The even roundness of the shawl collar is typical of this period (as opposed to shawl collars on 1920s waistcoats, which are narrow at top and suddenly wider near the bottom). There are buttonholes on both sides, so it can be worn right over left or left over right. There is a strip of leather along the bottom inside edge of the front, to give it shape and weight. The detail photo shows the cotton lining which bears the name (of the original owner?) "EF Briggs".