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Culture:textile: English; garment: American
Date Made:1770-1790
Materials:textile: yellow silk floss (embroidery); white plain weave linen; ink
Place Made:textile: United Kingdom; Great Britain: England; Great Britain: Greater London, London; garment: United States; Massachusetts; Hadley
Measurements:Center Back - CB: 22 3/4 in; 57.8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2017.30.4
Credit Line:Gift of the Cooley Family, Hartford, Connecticut, direct descendants of Col. Elisha Porter
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Boy’s white linen waistcoat embellished with yellow silk embroidery in a scattered, all-over pattern of floral springs. The waistcoat was altered from an older, adult man's waistcoat, no longer worn either because of age or when it was no longer fashionable. With a history of ownership to the family of Elisha Porter (1742-1796) of Hadley, Massachusetts, it is an important example of a late 18th-century children's garment updated from an earlier, adult style, owned and worn in the Connecticut River Valley. The shape of the pocket flaps may suggest a German origin for the garment.

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