England CALMG : 1983.151.1 waistcoat

Man's waistcoat about 1820.

This richly embroidered waistcoat of cream corded silk has a stand collar and is lined and backed with calico and edged with silk ribbon. The five corded silk covered buttons close a centre front fastening, skirts diverge from mid line at a wide angle with a pocket at each side with flaps. The multi-coloured satin stitch flowers, leaves and buds with couchwork embroidery appear from collar down each forepart and along lower edge and pocket flaps, extreme edge is finished with brown satin stitching.

This waistcoat was worn by Joseph Ferguson between 1830 and 1839. He had founded the Ferguson Brothers Textiles in Carlisle in 1824, and by 1830 was the City's Mayor.

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