Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Riding ensemble

Department Store:
Tautz & Company (British)
ca. 1923
wool, cotton, silk, leather, fur, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Frederic H. Curtiss, 1947
Accession Number:
Not on view
Fox hunting, also known as "running the hounds," is a sport often associated with aristocratic people. Including the traditional red riding coat sometimes known as "colors" or "Pinks," vest, jodhpurs, gloves, top hat and black boots with brown tops or "tan tops," this complete ensemble was made by a pre-eminent London sporting tailor in the early 1920s and is of the highest quality. Red is the ubiquitous color worn by masters and various other leaders of the hunt, while other participants wear black or navy jackets with a colored collar. The donor, Frederic H. Curtiss, hunted as Master with the Norfolk Hunt of Medfield under Henry G. Vaughn Esq. for fifteen years.
Marking: Customer label (a): Fox logo/"Tautz & Co/12 Grafton St./New Bond St./London. W. 1./F. Curtiss Esq./9.23"
Stamped on buttons (a): "Norfolk"
Customer label (c): Fox logo/"Tautz & Co/12 Grafton St./New Bond St./London. W. 1./F. Curtiss Esq."
Stamped on buttons (d): "E. Tautz & Sons/485 Oxford St."
Stamped (g, h): "Peal"
Stamped (g, h): "By Appointment Peal & Co. Original Waterproof Boot Makers to the Royal Family/487 Oxford St. London W"
Label (i): "Henry Heath Limited/By Warranty to His Majesty the King/Established in the Reign of King George the IV 1822/105, 107, 109, Oxford St. W. London"
Label (i): "Collins & Fairbanks, 383, Washington Street/Boston"
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