Homespun Coat

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  • Virginia, Isle of Wight County
  • ca. 1780
  • Warp is all cotton; weft #1 is cotton spun with blue and yellowish wool; weft #2 (slub) is cotton spun with blue, brown, and yellowish wool. Buttons are wood covered with primary fabric.
  • 1964-174A

Frock coat of homespun cotton spun with with blue and brown wool. Turn-down collar. Coat cut slim with curving cutaway, with eight buttons at front (one missing) and nine buttonholes with only the second from the top cut through. Two deep side pockets with plain flaps. Sleeves cut to curve over elbows with open vent cuffs, no buttons. Coat's long, almost straight skirt is deeply vented and pleated at center back, with button trim. Textile is homespun cotton warp in natural color with natural cotton wefts spun with blue and wool brown noils, woven in tabby or plain weave.

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