Man's waistcoat

early 19th century
Worn by Lot Robbins (American, 1790–1873)

Place of Use: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: (fabric) France; Place of Manufacture: Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.) Other (center front): 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed plain weave cotton with supplementary warp or weft stripe; plain weave linen (lining and back); bone (buttons)

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White waistcoat with stand-up collar, front 12-button closure, and two false pockets; white woven striped “brilliant” fabric with stripes running horizontally across front and vertically down collar and pocket welts; fabric printed with single line of brown, pink and red orb and cross motifs; printed section also used to cover buttons and trim collar and inside button placket; back, back of collar, and front lining made of coarsely woven plain linen; pieced at tops of shoulders and bottom sides


Worn by donor's great-uncle Lot Robbins (1790-1873); Inherited by Ellen A. Stone; Gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone