Man's waistcoat (vest). Front is beige silk brocade with green stripes; shawl collar; three welt pockets; front closure with self-covered buttons. Back is brown polished cotton, with a self-fabric belt and metal buckle. Vest is lined with tan polished cotton, with a strip of leather lining at hem to protect fabric from the wear of suspender buttons.
(Keywords: Fashion, Marriage, Victorian, Groom)
|Acquisition||Gift of Mrs. Charles R. Parmele|
|Ownership and History||
This waistcoat was worn by Henry L. Butler at his June 21, 1848 wedding to Mary Scudder Stryker in Trenton, New Jersey. It is part of an assemblage of related wedding items that were donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1949 by one of the couple's seven children, Alice Butler (Mrs. Charles Roome Parmele) of Staten Island.
Henry L. Butler (1822-1895) was born in Baltimore and came to New York City in 1847. He was a merchant in a dry goods business that became known as Butler, Broome & Clapp. He and his family lived in Brooklyn in the 1850s and early 1860s, and in 1868 they moved to Staten Island. They first lived on a farm in Castleton Corners, and then in 1869 moved to Clifton, Staten Island, to an estate known as "Oaklands."
Clothing & dress
|Lexicon Sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
Butler, Henry L.
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