American gentleman's silk jacket, 1830s-1840s
This wonderfully preserved gentleman's silk jacket from a New England estate was probably made for a special occasion and then packed away. The transitional styling suggests that it was sewn at home or by a tailor in a small community.
Made from beige raw silk, the unlined, single-breasted jacket closes in front with self-covered fabric buttons. The cut is straight in front and flared below the waist in back and on the sides. The jacket features a rounded collar and notched lapel, long straight sleeves, and two lower, side front, slashed welt pockets.
The jacket is completely hand stitched with matching silk thread. The flat, felled seams are back stitched for extra strength. The pockets are lined with cotton.
The condition is excellent. It looks like it was minimally worn. On one sleeve are a few small age spots. The top button hole is slightly frayed.
It measures: 42" chest, 40" waist, 52" hip, 16 1/2" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 24" sleeves, and 37" from shoulder to hem.