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Man's waistcoat

Probably English or American


Overall: 76cm (29 15/16in.) Center front: 54.6 cm (21 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk voided velvet with uncut pile

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Light golden brown uncut velvet brocade. The design consists of lines and blocks of loops and blocks of satin-like surface. Velvet buttons. The back has been taken out. Worn by Mr. Matthew Ridley, a maternal ancestor of the donors. See notes on 17.1440-17.1445.


1770s/1780s, Matthew Ridley (b. 1746 - d. 1789), Baltimore; by descent to his daughter, Susan Anne Livingston Ridley (Mrs. Theodore Sedgwick; b. 1788 - d. 1867), Stockbridge, MA; to her son, Theodore Sedgwick, III (b. 1811 - d. 1859), Stockbridge; to his daughter, Susan Ridley Sedgwick (Mrs. Charles Eliot Norton; b. 1838 - d. 1872), Cambridge, MA; to her daughters, Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton, Cambridge; 1917, gift of Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Sara, Elizabeth Gaskell and Margaret Norton