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From the Collection of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village 89 Merri Street Warrnambool Victoria

The amber coloured satin jacket is fully lined, has turned-back cuffs, a band collar, and looped, coffee-coloured braid trim. A row of closely spaced, round bronze buttons with a floral motif form a decorative closure most of the way down the front of the jacket, below which are metal hooks and eyes that finish at the waist. Underneath the cuffs there is a closely fitted cuff with a row of three button holes but no buttons.
The jacket lining has vertical metal stays spaced around the midriff, sides and back. There is an absorbent, removable pad hand-stitched to the underarm section of each sleeve opening. A small satin pocket is stitched discreetly onto the lining above the chest on the right-hand side. There are also two cotton loops sewn onto the lining.
Several small metal rings are sewn at intervals around the inside of the waist
A satin bow from the same fabric is attached at the centre back of the jacket at waist level.
Outfit displayed on the mannequin: H 153 x Diam. 68 cm.
Object Registration
antique satin jacket, colonial evening jacket, ladies evening jacket, 19th century ladies satin jacket
Historical information
This jacket has been tailored to flatter the wearer’s figure. It also has elements that keep it in good shape and condition, preserve it from soiling and give it a longer life:
- the hooks and eyes that join the jacket to the skirt allow the outfit to be made in two pieces but fit close to the body without exposing undergarments
- the seams for the metal stays have been cut and stitched to allow maximum movement of the wearer and still keep a trim figure
- the discreet breast pocket allows the wearer to keep a handkerchief, coins or other small items close at hand
- the lining includes removable padded shields to absorb underarm perspiration
- the lining has two cotton loops attached for hanging up to air and freshen it
- new cuffs have been attached over the original sleeves that have buttonholes but no buttons. The buttons may have been used to replace missing buttons on the front of the jacket or perhaps to repair worn cuffs
When Made
before April 1874
Last updated
20 Dec 2019 at 5:33PM