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H5687 Dressing gown, mens, patchwork style, silk / velvet / cotton / wood, maker unknown, possibly England, c.1835. Click to enlarge.

Mens dressing gown

  • c. 1835
This patchwork dressing gown or smoking jacket is a well-preserved example of handmade personal attire worn by men in their homes during the 19th century. It is unique for its multi-coloured patchwork design which has all been individually hand sewn together, most probably by the owner's wife and daughters.

The 19th century marked a sober turning point in men's fashion as masculinity was redefined for the industrial age. Menswear moved away from the lace frills, floral embroideries and …


Object No.


Object Statement

Dressing gown, mens, patchwork style, silk / velvet / cotton / wood, maker unknown, possibly England, c.1835

Physical Description

Knee length coat with flaring skirt and slit at back. Centre front opening, fastened with single button at the waist and decorative buttons at breast. Wide olive green turn back collar and lapels. Long straight sleeves with deep velvet turn back cuffs. The fabric is made from small handsewn patchwork blocks of multicoloured plain & brocaded silks and silk velvets. Each patchwork block is made from triangles joined into a larger square block forming repeating diamond shapes. The smallest square block is 4cm x 4cm formed from two triangles. Lined with green silk lining, interlined with padded wool felting.


No Marks



1190 mm


675 mm


1160 mm



  • c. 1835


The dressing gown was probably made in England c. 1835


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs L W Marks, 1957

Acquisition Date

15 December 1957

Cite this Object


Mens dressing gown 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 December 2022, <>


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