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Everyday attire for a boy or man of the early 19th century included a vest. Rarely would someone appear without one, even on a hot day. According to family tradition, the vest pictured here was worn by Seth Sheldon (1787-1860) for his wedding in 1810. It is made of silk. Everyday vests were commonly made of cotton, linen or wool.


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Man's vest

date   c. 1810
height   17.5"
width   38.0"
process/materials   silk, linen
item type   Personal Items/Clothing - Outerwear
accession #   #1880.052.04

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Fence Agreement between Seth Sheldon & John Williams

Silhouette of Caroline Stebbins Sheldon (1789-1865)

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