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"Cravat-wearing is said to have originated in Croatia in the early 17th century. Mercenary soldiers fighting in the French army popularised the style, which was known as La Croate, “in the style of the Croats.” The officers had cravats of fine silk, the ordinary soldiers had cravats of poorer quality linen and they varied in size and colour." Nicola Cornick, Word Wenches

The Elegance of the Cravat

1700

Century Color Plates from English Costume - 1700 1714 1720 1727 1739 1778 1779

Boat cloak, circa 1805 although quite faded, it is an extremely rare survival of protective or outdoor clothing from the early part of the 19th century. It is made of a hard wearing, coarse weave green wool and lined with a similar brown wool. The cloak, which is quite voluminous, gathers into a stand or fall collar and fastens with a small Royal Naval button at the neck.

Boat cloak, circa green wool and lined with a similar brown wool, small Royal Naval button at the neck.

Ensemble, Waistcoat, Date: 17th century Culture: Italian Medium: silk Accession Number: C.I.63.26a–f

century Culture: Italian Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1963 Accession Number:

Dark green full length cloak of green serge lined with red serge, with wide collar and detachable hood.Major James P. Wolfe was a British Army Officer who achieved posthumous fame after defeating French forces on the Plains of Abraham in 1759, allowing the British to take Quebec, which led in turn to the capture of Montreal and the end of French control of Canada. He was killed on the Plains of Abraham and was reputedly lain on this cloak in his final moments. He is immortalised in the…

General Wolfe's Field Coat dark green full length cloak of green serge lined with red serge, with wide collar and detachable hood.

French Baroque Cupboard, 1700. Ebony veneer, with marquetry of engraved pewter and brass and panels of clear horn over blue pigment, on an oak carcase.

French Baroque Cupboard, Ebony veneer, with marquetry of engraved pewter and brass and panels of clear horn over blue pigment, on an oak carcase.

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