my 150 year old jacket.

16 July 2010

Ha ha! this is me, trying to {unsuccessfully} model this jacket!
Today is the second time i have worn it, can you believe that it is about 150 years old!
If my history is correct, prince Albert died in about 1860, after which the whole country plunged into mourning and it became oh so fashionable to wear black, especially laden with jet beads and sequins and the like. I found this one at a market last year for £34 and its in pretty good nick for its age.

Clothes that are this old make me feel really strange...they are so much more tangible than ceramics or silverware and to think what London was like back then and how hard life was just blows me away!
The world has been through so many changes since this jacket was stitched together, and even it's older than our 'period' home by at least half a century, wow...amazing the more I think about it... its so amazing too that I can wear it to work with jeans and flip flops! I hope original owner doesn't mind!

This jacket is made of grosgrain silk with silk satin insert, jet beads and sequins and it is boned inside, probably with whale bone but I'l try not to think too much about that!

{i took these pictures in our bathroom, haha you can even see bottles of shampoo!}

I tried better pictures in the garden with the help of Nao, but I am NOT photogenic, so apologies for that.

Check out these sleeves! they have little cuffs sticking out with beautiful tiny glass buttons...

it has hook and eye fastenings and a Mandarin style collar {O how modest!}

Plimsoll walked past and I tried to get her in the photo too, but unfortunately you get a good view of her bottom! charming.

When i wear this jacket I'll always think of life a century ago and how lucky we are today, I'm glad of the NHS, freedom to vote, clean water, electricity, warmth and the Internet and all the other things I have, that maybe the original owner didn't have.

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