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