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2019/98/2 Riding waistcoat, womens, silk / leather, owned by the D'Arcy family of Dublin and Westmeath, Ireland, maker unknown, possibly made in Ireland, c. 1888. Click to enlarge.

Womens riding waistcoat owned by the D'Arcy family

Possibly made
Horseriding and the associated sport of hunting and shooting was a lesiure pursuit for the wealthy, landed gentry. Riding habits followed the prevailing fashions and, in turn, influenced everyday dress. This woman's riding waistcoat follows the tightly corseted contours of bodices in the 1880s with its vertical seaming. Faced in silk satin and lined with perforated chamois for ventilation and ease, the waistcoat was both stylish and practical to wear under the equally tight riding coat.

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Summary

Object No.

2019/98/2

Object Statement

Riding waistcoat, womens, silk / leather, owned by the D'Arcy family of Dublin and Westmeath, Ireland, maker unknown, possibly made in Ireland, c. 1888

Physical Description

Brown silk satin women's riding waistcoat, possibly made in Ireland c. 1888. With a perforated chamois lining, fastening down centre front with six shell buttons, machine top-stitched front and back "Princess" seams.

Marks

No marks.

Production

Possibly made

History

Notes

This waistcoat is one of 24 objects donated to the Museum which belonged to the D'Arcy family, Irish landed gentry whose roots can be traced to the 11th Century Norman conquest of England. Most items came from the inheritance of three unmarried D'Arcy sisters: Martha Emily (d1912), Frances Louisa (d1908) and Phoebe Sophia (d1865). The items were in turn inherited by their brother John Charles D'Arcy whose wife Henrietta Ann also contributed some of her own clothes, which were then passed onto their son the Rev. Charles Frederick D'Arcy (d 1938), former Archbishop of Armagh, and his wife Harriet. They then passed to Capt. John Conyers D'Arcy (d1966) and his wife Noel (d1968), and onto their son, Maj. Michael D'Arcy (d2013), whose wife Jane D'Arcy donated the garments to MAAS in 2019 in memory of her husband.

Maj. Michael and Mrs Jane D'Arcy have lived and worked, together or individually, in Turkey, India, Egypt, Palestine, Cyprus, England, Malaya, East Africa, Aden, Jamaica, Ceylon, South Africa and Australia. In 1965, Maj. D'Arcy resigned from the British Army, joined the Australian Army and subsequently entered the Public Service in Canberra in 1977, retiring in 1987.

Roger Leong, Senior Curator with Eileen Lim, Curatorial Volunteer, 2019

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Jane D’Arcy in memory of her husband Michael D’Arcy (1922-2013), 2019

Acquisition Date

18 November 2019

Cite this Object

Harvard

Womens riding waistcoat owned by the D'Arcy family 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <https://ma.as/573105>

Wikipedia

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