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Object Name Waistcoat
Alternate Name Vest
Date 1760-1780
Description Man's waistcoat (vest). Front is ecru silk with hand-embroidered (tambour work) floral and leaf design in pink, blue, green, and yellow. Front closure with embroidered self-fabric buttons. Originally had two embroidered flap pockets in front (one flap is missing). Embroidered motifs along lower edge of front include wheeled chariots, birds and insects. Back and lining are ecru cotton or linen. Waistcoat has been let out (period alteration); a later repair is also evident. This type of fabric was typically embroidered in France and then cut up and sewn locally by a tailor.
(Keywords: Fashion, Colonial, New York)
Acquisition Gift of the Henderson-Irving Family
Ownership and History This waistcoat is associated with the Henderson and Irving families of Staten Island, but its original owner was not recorded.

John C. Henderson lived on Bard Avenue, Staten Island from 1859. He was involved in real estate development on Staten Island and in Manhattan. Mr. Henderson and his wife had 15 children. One daughter, Maria Adelaide, married Gugy Aemelius Irving, an importer who came to Staten Island from Ontario, Canada. The Irvings lived in a home on Henderson Avenue and were involved in many local organizations.
Earliest Date 1760
Latest Date 1780
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Catalog Number C01.4158
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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