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Gentleman's Dress Coat

circa 1825-1830

Unknown American Maker (, - present)

The original owner of this formal frock coat was the American James Lamson who wore this garment to a court ball in Paris in the 1820s. He reportedly paired it with a pair of black satin breeches with small satin buttons and silk ribbons at the knees. The cut of the coat is often referred to as a bob-tail as the coat tails are cut straight across thus eliminating the pointed ends. This style is credited as an American fashion innovation.

Place object was created: United States

silk, polished cotton, velvet

Museum Purchase: Auxiliary Costume Fund 2004.45

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