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Livery Suit

Livery Suit

Livery Suit

Circa 1800

Coat
Wool, trimmed with silk and linen braid, lined with wool.
Waistcoat
Wool, trimmed with metallic braid, lined with linen.
Breeches
Wool, trimmed with metallic braid, lined with linen.

Livery was the uniform of male servants (particularly those who were on show) which identified their service to a particular family or household, and reflected status and rank.

This suit is characteristic of livery at its grandest, comprising a wool coat, waistcoat and breeches in two contrasting strong colours, the bright yellow of the coat’s collar and cuffs matching the waistcoat and breeches. The metallic braid and patterned braid borders add to their opulence. Both the colour and motifs of the braid signified household allegiance; the braid on this coat incorporates the double-headed eagle, an ancient and geographically-widespread symbol found in a number of British family coats of arms.

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