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Wedding dress coat

1877
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.
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