A French embroidered waistcoat, 1785–95, showing Dido and Aeneas, the two main characters in Piccinni's opera Didon of 1783. For more information and and a higher-definition image, go to https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18445265/

Inspired by Opera. A French embroidered waistcoat dated between 1785 and 1795 showing Dido and Aeneas in scenes from Didon. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.

Waistcoat, about 1780-90, silk satin coral red, embroidered with sequins, beads and tinsel

“ Century men's waistcoat, about silk satin coral red, embroidered with sequins, beads and tinsel”

Vest, France, c. 1785. White silk satin with elaborate flower and grain pattern, embroidered in metalic thread and polychrome silks.

Man's waistcoat - Date: ca. 1785 Media:Silk With Metalltic-thread And Silk Embroidery Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Vest 1800 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

British of Silk, linen and metal. This very elegant vest is indicative of the taste for very high stand collars alongside double-breasted waist-length styles which came into focus near the end of the century.

Knotted net over satin waistcoat, c1795-1805. Cooper Hewitt.

Waistcoat, ca. Yellow silk, patterned with a knotted net of stripes in brown, peach and cream.

the most popular waistcoats in in the 1820s-1830s bear something called a shawl collar

Men’s fashion ca. 1830: Waistcoats

I like this I think I would like one for special occasions jeannepompadour: “ Men’s waistcoat at the Museo del Traje, ”

1810-40 White linen neck stock consisting of fabric gathered at each end to linen tabs with fine cartridge pleating. One tab has a single buttonhole for receiving a removable stock buckle with a T-shaped chape. http://emuseum.history.org/

1810-40 White linen neck stock consisting of fabric gathered at each end to linen tabs with fine cartridge pleating. One tab has a single buttonhole for receiving a removable stock buckle with a T-shaped chape. http://emuseum.history.org/

An embroidered gentleman's court waistcoat, first half 19th century in traditional 18th century style, embroidered with brown and blue silks with sprigged ground,

An embroidered gentleman's court waistcoat, first half century in traditional century style, embroidered with brown and blue silks with sprigged ground,

Waistcoat, England or France, c. 1785-1790. Silk with cream and bright blue woven horizontal stripes; brocaded silk ribbon; ivory linen plain weave.

Waistcoat, England or France, c. Silk with cream and bright blue woven horizontal stripes;

Neck Stocks    The stock was altogether a more structured form of neckwear, not unlike a belt, and no doubt a speedier device to don, requiring only the fastening of a clasp or buckle at the back of the neck.  Leather and woven horsehair stocks were often issued for military wear and  were fastened with stamped brass clasps or cast brass buckles.

A Shirt Tale

Leather and woven horsehair stocks were often issued for military wear and were fastened with stamped brass clasps or cast brass buckles.

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