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Spencer Jacket, Chemisette and Reticule, ca. 1815

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A defense against the cold of winter was the jacket. English tailors fashioned the Spencer jacket - a short close fitting jacket cut from the same style as the dress bodice.
This Spencer jacket is made of green silk. Wide collar and gathered in the shoulder area. Closed in front with original hooks and eyes. Brown bone buttons on the sleeves. The jacket is in very good condition – for his age of nearly 200 years! Smallest mould spots, slight underarm stains and a small crack in the closure. Very rare to find! The brooch is not included. 

Shoulders: ~ 15”
Sleeves: ~ 24”
Length back: ~ 17”
Length front: ~ 15 3/4"

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Under the Spencer jacket the woman could wear a Chemisette. This chemisette is made of fine cotton gauze, decorated with beautiful white embroidery. Good condition, with small holes.

Length front: ~ 14”
Length back: ~15 3/4"

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An important fashion accessory during this period includes the reticule – a small purse like bag. Reticules were often made of silk but after 1810 were made of velvet and leather as well.
This reticule is made of dark green leather, closed at the top with a drawstring and embroidered with a wine grape leaves motif. This motif represent on the one side the autumn and on the other side the spring. The reticule is in very good condition, only a few beads are missing and with minimal signs of age.

Length: ~ 8 3/4"
Width: ~ 4”

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