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  • ID:


  • Production date:

    Tudor; 1555-1565

  • Location:

    In Store

  • This youth's dark brown leather jerkin (a type of jacket) is decorated with vertical and diagonal scored bands and diamond, heart and star pinking. It is fastened with decorative pewter buttons that imitate buttons made from worked silk or gilt thread over a wooden core. Such practical and decorative garments were highly fashionable from the mid-1500s: and those made from Spanish leather were particularly prized. Thefts were common and, in 1554, John Porter stole a fine 'jerkyn of buckes leather' from the Tottenham home of John Stooe. Jerkins were worn by both men and boys but by the late 1500s were also popular with women.

  • Measurements

    H 495 mm (centre front overall); H 70 mm (collar); H 90 mm (tab, centre front); H 560 mm (centre back); W 450 mm (shoulders); W 490 mm (overall); W 70 mm (wings, from armhole); D 305 mm (max) (overall)

  • Materials

    leather; lead alloy

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    Tower Hamlets

  • Related Group

    Janet Arnold's 'Patterns of Fashion'


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