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Man's Vest
Original Owner:Originally owned by the Lewis Fox family
Clothing Maker:Made by Unknown
Machine-stitched silk, with mother of pearl and unidentified silver-tone metal buttons
Primary Dimensions (length x width across chest): 22 1/2 x 17in. (57.2 x 43.2cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Richard Koopman and Mrs. Bernard Schiro
Description: Man's vest of cream-colored silk brocade, woven with a diamond pattern on a ribbed background. The vest has a deep, narrow shawl collar forming a U-shaped neckline. The center front opening fastens with four studs of mother of pearl set in a silver-tone metal bezel. Each side of the vest front is pointed, so that the waistline is W-shaped at the center. On each side, there is a breast pocket and a 4 3/4-inch-wide lower pocket. The side seams are vented for 1 1/8 inches. The back fabric is cream-colored satin,as is the lining fabric. The fit of the vest is adjusted by a buckled strap across the lower back.
Historical Note: Lewis (or Louis) Fox was the brother of Gerson Fox (1811-1880), who founded G. Fox & Co. in Hartford, Connecticut.
Object Number: 1980.87.14
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