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A rare survival of a high quality mid-seventeenth century vest or ‘waistcoat’ knitted of fine, pale blue-green coloured silk, said to have been worn by Charles I at his execution by beheading on January 30th, 1649. It is shaped like a long sleeve vest and has a short buttoned neck opening and small upstanding collar. This kind of garment was presumably worn for warmth over a fine linen shirt and underneath a doublet and therefore does not appear in most contemporary images.
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L 800 mm; W 440 mm (chest); W 700 mm (hem); L 525 mm (sleeve); L 590 mm (side seam); L 210 mm (neck opening); W 215 mm (sleeve head); CM 230 mm (cuff)
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