About this object

  • ID:

    39.108/1

  • Production date:

    Tudor; 16th century

  • Location:

    In Store

  • This child's knitted wool vest was found at Finsbury in London. It is a rare survival of a knitted garment from this period. It is seamless, suggesting it was knitted on four needles, a very old technique. Knitted shirts or vests are mentioned in a list of knitted items in an Act of Parliament of 1552 limiting the times of year that wool could be bought and sold. Poorer people could find a bargain at the second hand clothes dealers ('fripperers') in Houndsditch, but many relied on homespun woollen clothes and home-knitted vests and hose. This garment offers a rare insight into how children were protected from the cold.  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    H (neck to hem) 372 mm; H (total) 470 mm; W (chest) 460 mm; D 80 mm

  • Materials

    wool

  • Last Updated

    2017-11-10

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    permanent collection

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    Islington (found)

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