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1860s WC Blue White Emb


This waistcoat was worn in a wedding in the 1860s. However, given how much larger the back is than the front, and the marks from where the buttons have been moved, it could very well be a waistcoat from the 1840s that was refurbished to be worn in the 1860s. The style of embroidery would suggest it was done on the fabric before the waistcoat was cut out. Ordering a piece of fabric pre-embroidered with corners and pocket embellishments, and cutting it out to best use the decorations, is a method that had been in use at least a hundred years when this waistcoat was created.