Wool coat with velvet facing, designer unknown

Wool coat with velvet facing, designer unknown

Coat
Designer unknown
1845-1853, United States of America
Wool faced with silk velvet, lined with wool
Museum no. T.176-1965
Given by Capt. Raymond Jones

This coat is an example of men’s formal daywear from about 1850. The sleeves are long and tight, the collar is wide, and the front has a deep fastening in order to show off the waistcoat. Although at this date the frock-coat was gaining in popularity as formal daywear, the cut-away coat was still worn. This coat is reputed to have been worn by William Pierson Johnes, a linen merchant of New York City.