Black Silk Waistcoat With Hand Beading & Embroidery
Catalog #: VB001
Date range: 1845-1850
Country of origin: United States
Provenance: Identified to James Wood
Accession date: 6-6-2022
From the Bill Christen Collection
Waistcoat is made from a "Farmers Silk" consiting of a silk weft and a wool warp. Rear panels are made from a lightly twill, brown cotton. Interior is constructed form a medium weight, plain weave cotton. The front features elaborate hand embroidery and bead work over dark indigo dyed silk velvet. Hand sewn using a mix of black, brown and natural cotton threads, with silk thread being utilized on the buttonholes. Lightly padded in the chest and has plain silk covered buttons over small bone disks.
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Waistcoat was found with a CDV image of a gentleman wearing the waistcoat along wit ha note that reads:
This vest belonged to Uncle James Wood. Grandpa Woods only son. This photo taken from an old dagguerotype has him wearing the vest. Although he looks like a middle aged man, he died at the age of 21. The "stock" or necktie belonged to Grandpa (Louis Wood) & is similar to that worn by James Wood in picture.