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2015/69/1 Wedding coat, wool / metal / silk, maker unidentified, place of production unknown, worn by Henry Paterson for his marriage to Elizabeth Fyfe, Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia, 31st January 1877. Click to enlarge.

Wedding dress coat

  • 1877
This men's dress coat is made of black wool, featuring an 'M' notched collar, double breasted and cutaway front with knee length tails. It was worn by Henry Paterson for the occasion of his marriage on 31st January, 1877. This coat is a rare provenanced example of colonial Australian men's dress. It would have been worn with a shirt, white tie and vest, trousers and hat for formal wear.

The fitted shape and cutaway waist of this jacket emphasises the chest and shoulders. This was a …

Summary

Object No.

2015/69/1

Object Statement

Wedding coat, wool / metal / silk, maker unidentified, place of production unknown, worn by Henry Paterson for his marriage to Elizabeth Fyfe, Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia, 31st January 1877

Physical Description

Made from a black wool face cloth, the double breasted jacket secures with two rows of five covered buttons embroidered with black floral motifs. W shaped cutaway divide the collar and wide lapels, both outlined in fine black braid. Lined in beige cotton, the curved cut sleeves are seamed from between bust and shoulder point to side wrist at the front and back. The jacket is fitted to the waist. Tails sit on either side of the square cut waist and continue around to a full skirt at the back. Seams run from the collar across the back of the shoulder and from the shoulder toward centre back. Two buttons are missing, which would have sat on the waistline either side of the off-centre back vent. The bottom edge is raw. Quilted panels are attached to the inside back and two rows of collar facing are edged with crenellation cutaways.

Marks

Marks present, embossed on buttons, 'CHATWIN'S / ELLIOT & ASTON'S'

Production

Notes

This dress coat is made of black wool and is hand stitched. This style of coat, often called a 'cutaway' features a waist length front, cut straight with tails at back. The back of the dress coat includes three curved panels, which decrease in width from shoulder to waist. Coat also has black on black floral embroidered buttons, quilted panels on the tails and a crenellated collar.

History

Notes

The coat belonged to Henry Paterson and was worn at his wedding to Elizabeth Fyfe in 1877. Henry was the son of Henry Paterson (b.12 April 1809 - d.19 October 1861) and Marjory Cameron (b.1833). Henry's origins are typical of how Australia's early assisted immigration scheme encouraged skilled free settlers to begin a new life in remote Australia. Henry was a farmer in Gunning, New South Wales at the time of his marriage.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Jan Rostron, 2015

Acquisition Date

13 November 2015

Cite this Object

Harvard

Wedding dress coat 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 July 2021, <https://ma.as/398416>

Wikipedia

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