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Men's suit for the

Open-air museum Hamburg-Kiekeberg
 
 

Period: 1806

This suit was made for the Living-History performances at the open-air museum Hamburg-Kiekeberg. It was mainly crafted by hand using only historical techniques; i.e. over and under fabrics are not turned over as it is common today, but are laid on top of each other and are combined with clearly visible hand stitches (compare detail image). All outer edges, hems, buttons wholes, eyelets, and buttons were crafted by hand; the necktie was also hand-rolled.



The dress coat of dark red virgin wool was cut with slightly shortened top to match the fashion of that time. It is double-breasted so that the lower waistcoat is still visible after buttoning. The fashionable, extremely high and heavily stiffened standing collar reaches up to the ears.


The fabric for the waistcoat was woven with a handloom by taking an original fabric from 1805 as model. Its edged pockets were made without the – back then already unfashionable – flaps.
Furthermore it was furnished with a standing collar and a jacket lapel, and is also single-breasted. As it was customary the lining and back piece are made of linen. A bartack with lacing is located at the waist. The fall front trousers are further equipped with a fob at the waistline, two lateral pocket mouths with buttons, pleating at the back, and eyelets for width adjustment.
The shirt and the accompanying necklet are made of delicate linen (certified organic). As it was common during this epoch we applied the reinforcement of the shoulder area from the outside; collar and cuffs were not reinforced.


Price category: E (depending on the amount of manual work done)