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Jerkin

Date:
1570–80
Culture:
European
Medium:
silk, metal thread
Dimensions:
Length: 23 1/4 (59.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1926
Accession Number:
26.196
Not on view
Working in tandem, curators and conservators combine theory and science to produce a more complete understanding of historical artifacts. Testing on this sixteenth century jerkin by Conservator Christine Paulocik has shown that all of the applied adornment - including the padding at the shoulders, silk tufts, and metallic bobbin lace - is original to the garment. Decorative buttons made of boxwood at center front give the illusion of a closure, when in reality the wearer would have required help getting dressed due to the laced closure located at the center back. The use of boxwood buttons turned on a lathe is consistent with technology and materials of the period. The loss of velvet pile is likely a result of an iron mordant used in the dying process.
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