Treasures of the Museum of Costume, Bath




Embroidery on Early 17th c. Gauntlet
White leather, gold lace, red satin ribbon, gold thread and gold purl. Normal lines indicate thread in stem stitch, parallel lines indicate purl, wavy lines large stem stitch, circles half cut across are sequins. Design diagonally symmetric.

1740s Court Manteau
Brocaded Italian Silk, overall width c. 1.5 m

Pattern on Formal Contouche Fabric, early 18th c.

Love at first sight! The foundation is a non-shiny ivory fabric, probably silk, with gold lamé horizontally woven in. Every 30 cm or so there's a width of pale golden satin (4-5 cm wide) sewn on vertically with a weave of gold flowers with white silk leaves on it. In between, there's 4 rows flowers in dark and pale blue with gold, white and dark blue leaves. The circular patches between the rows of flowers are made of the same kind of lamé as the horizontal lines, with a patch of double-density lamé in the middle that makes it two concentrical circles. The black/grey in the sketch stands for the silvery-white of shiny silk thread.

The robe à la française the pattern described on the left is on.

Sketch of Lady's Shoe, 18th century
White satin with embroidery in blue and gold

Velvet Suit c. 1755, brocaded silk dress 1750s
With the gowns being made for formal occasions, the baby is a bit out of place.

Contouche, 1770s
Dark red brocaded silk with foral design

Man's Coat & breeches, woman's muslin dress, all 1780s

Satin Wedding Dress, Man's Suit, Girl's Dress, all 1830s

Lace Ball Dress, 1851

Evening Coat, 1894
Crimson satin trimmed with black

Walking Suit, 1900
cream linen, linen shirt, straw boater

Chiffon Day Dress, 1907

Brocaded Evening Dress by Callot Soeurs, 1923

 

 

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