Detail pocket flap, waistcoat, England, 1755-1765. Cream silk taffeta, embroidered with flower sprigs. Buttons, edges of the waistcoat, and pocket flaps are embroidered with silk, metal spangles, and threads of gold and silver. This waistcoat is said to have belonged to English explorer Captain James Cook, who made three voyages to the South Pacific between 1768 and 1779.
Detail of waistcoat, frock coat embroidery of a gentleman's suit, 1770-1780, France. purple silk satin embroidered with polychrome silk yarns in chain stitch in floral motif at front line, vents, collar, cuffs pockets and flaps, buttons; stand-up collar, round cuffs with three buttons, padded upper chest, white silk satin lining.