This embroidered and quilted waistcoat was likely made from an imported English pattern that was subsequently cut, assembled, and lined by an American tailor. The cream silk satin front is quilted over cotton batting and embroidered in chain stitch with silk threads that were once shades of green, pink, and lavender. George Washington would have worn garments such as this one on formal occasions. Charles Wilson Peale's miniature portrait of Washington, painted in 1776, depicts him wearing a cream-colored waistcoat with similar embroidered borders.

See also W-460.


1775 - 1785



Silk, cotton, wool, linen, pasteboard


Overall: 26 3/8 in. x 21 in. (67.01 cm x 53.34 cm)


Gift of Harriet Virginia Dykers, 1914

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