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Boy's Skeleton Suit

circa 1790-1810

Unknown American Maker (, - present)

In the last quarter of the eighteenth century, the “skeleton suit” – so named because of its close fit – became popular for little boys. It consisted of high-waisted trousers with a short matching jacket and dressed with a frilled shirt with a lacy collar. After age eleven, young boys would progress to wearing a three-piece suit (coat, waistcoat and breeches) much like an adult would wear. Skeleton suits remained in vogue until the 1840s.

Place object was created: United States

silk, cording, lace, silk velvet

Measurements:    height: 26 inches    width: 21 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, donated by Mrs. Walter Summerville 1990.4.3A-B

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