During the mid-19th century, gentlemen’s waistcoats had a tendency to feature luxurious fabrics such as silk brocade or velvet, and at times even decorated with colorful silk embroidery. The more elaborate examples were often kept even after they went out of fashion either for their decorative appearance or sometimes for their sentimental value. Many young brides crafted special waistcoats for their groom; as a result many of these garments were preserved within the family.
Shown here is a wonderful mid-19th century hand sewn gentleman’s silk ivory damask weave waistcoat. The four wood buttons are covered with matching fabric. There are three front slit pockets. There is a back belt with a brass buckle. The waistcoat is lined in ivory cotton.