I often feel like I am in service and now I have the waistcoat to prove it.
I am pretty sure that this would have belonged to a butler/valet/footman.
I thought it was woven but on closer inspection it's some sort of thick and thin needlepoint,
I've never seen anything like it. It must have cost a pretty penny.
Fabulous buttons and detailing.
Filthy from years of hard work.
The buttons are on a brass shank, one has a repair - love it.
An extra vertical buttonhole, pocket watch maybe?
A very fine pure wool.
I found a pin still in the corner, it looks like it has been there since it was made.
It was completely hidden and very difficult to get out.
A whopper compared to my modern day pins.
The woven was used right up to the selvedge, which of course all the best people do.
It's not a garment I particularly needed or that I usually would wear but I couldn't resist.
It's off to the tub for now.