18th Century Women’s Waistcoats

  • RISD 56.078, linen jumps with silk embroidery, England, late 17th century or early 18th century
  • Museum of London A7592, “Quilted brocaded damask bodice lined with coarse cotton, printed in madder. The outer silk is a dark green damask, brocaded with a sprig in silver thread (file and frise), this silk probably dates from the 1690s but the quilting obscures the pattern. It is of high quality and could have been an expensive fabric, however it may have been used c. 1700, when out of fashion.”
  • Colonial Williamsburg 1989-435, cream tabby linen front, back and linings; silk embroidery; light brown linen fringe; England, c. 1700
  • Colonial Williamsburg 1991-510, cream-color silk satin quilted in small diamond pattern, England, c. 1700
  • PMA 1996-107-2, cotton quilted with silk backstitch to cotton batting and backing, England, c. 1700
  • KCI AC5301 86-6-6, England, early 18th century; “off-white quilted linen with plant pattern, tied in front with silk taffeta ribbons”
  • Snowshill Wade National Trust 1348922, 1700-1720; “Fine linen top and coarse linen underneath, quilted all over with cream 20 ply silk in back stitch. Design of small feathers and 'rose window' marguerites threaded with twisted sheeps wool. Ground of small lozenges. Fronts curve away - slashed at sides and centre back. Sleeveless. 9 eyelets oversewn for front lacings.”
  • Colonial Williamsburg 1991-509, white cotton quilted with backstitches in gold silk, England, c. 1700-1725
  • Killerton National Trust 1367217, 1702-1727; “Beige linen lady's waistcoat, very finely Italian quilted in yellow silk all over. Piped with yellow braid. White flannel lining, nine holes on each side of front for lacing.”
  • V&A 494-1902, linen, corded and embroidered with silk thread, England, c. 1700-1729
  • Colonial Williamsburg 1971-1566, white cotton quilted symmetrically in a flowering branch pattern, c. 1720-1750
  • Christie’s Lot 127 / Sale 4978, a lady’s waistcoat of fine linen, embroidered with a stylized floral motif
  • Woman's quilted waistcoat, white linen, America, c. 1740-80
  • V&A T.87-1978, quilted silk and linen, England, c. 1745
  • Cora Ginsburg, figured silk jumps, mid-18th century; “The fronts of these stylish jumps are made from taupe silk with a subtle, tone-on-tone pattern of stylized umbels on swirling stems and edged with a matching ribbon around the neckline, scalloped tabs and peplum. The figured silk has been carefully and symmetrically pieced on each side, pointing to the recycling of an expensive textile that was common practice in the period. The sides and back, however, are of sturdy, medium-brown linen, indicating that these jumps were likely worn underneath a gown or perhaps a sleeved jacket bodice. Of particular interest are the side lacings that suggest maternity wear; light interfacing under the natural linen lining, which would have provided some support for the body, underscores this possibility.”
  • KCI AC4329 82-19-2AB, England, mid-18th century; “pale-blue silk with diamond-shaped quilting”
  • LACMA M.67.8.84a-b, woman's bodice or pair of jumps, probably Italy, mid-18th century
  • Brocaded silk faille lady’s waistcoat, c. 1770
  • Met C.I.39.13.43, late 18th century American or European cotton bodice
  • Vintage Textile 1821, Provençal hand-quilted waistcoat, c. 1800-1830; “The waistcoat is fashioned from golden yellow cotton and is lined with beige cotton and a thin layer of batting. The layers are hand quilted together with a diamond pattern of perfect little stitches.”