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Object Name Suit
Catalog Number 1915.06.01 ab
Accession number 1915.06.01-03
Artist Maker Unknown
Place of Origin Probably Berks County, Pennsylvania
Year Range to 1847
Year Range from 1837
Material Cotton, Silk, Wool
Description A man's two piece ensemble comprised of a cutaway coat and waistcoat. Both pieces are handstitched.
a) The coat is made of a brown wool twill with a wide notched collar. There is a double breasted front closure with three intact brass buttons featuring a fox embossed design, and three with a boar embossed design. The waistline is cut short in the front with two flaps extending down at the back. The sleeves are long and straight with two brass buttons with dogs at the cuff. At the back there is princess seaming which meets at the waistline with two decorative boar brass buttons. There are two wide flap pockets at the side waist which extend around to the back and flank the single slit vent. A unknown padding (probably wool batting) has been inserted into the lining of the pockets, which creates almost a peplum. The coat is lined in glazed brown cotton.
b) The handstitched waistcoat is made of a metallic brown and blue silk brocade. The front features a shawl collar and six black silk covered buttons. There is one angled pocket on the proper left chest and two straight pockets slightly above the waistline, both lined in brown glazed cotton. The back is also made of brown glazed cotton with a lace up drawstring closure with brass holes and brown cotton tape ties. The inside is lined in a brown and white woven gingham cotton.
Provenance Worn by Benjamin S. Fretz (1819-1847), of Douglass Towsnhip, Berks County, in his young adult years. He was married to Catharine (Weis) Fretz, the mother of the donor, Leanna W. (Shantz) Stettler (1869-1925). He died at 28 years old.