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The shirt was an item of underwear in the 18th century. It served a hygienic function in an age when daily bathing was not a common practice. Shirts were purchased in the dozens if the owner could afford them, so that a clean one could be worn every day. They were usually made of linen, a washable and durable fabric, in a simple construction. A shirt pattern was a series of squares (for gussets) and rectangles (sleeves, collar, cuffs, etc) which ensured that no scraps were left over after the pieces had been cut from a length of linen.
This shirt is made of fine linen, ca. 1780. The shirt comes from an American collection. It could even be from America, but just as easily from Europe. Ruffled collar reminiscent of 17th century shirts. Closure in the neck area with three buttons (one of them is broken). Ruffles on the sleeves. Button closure of the cuffs. All buttons are made of mother of pearl. They are hand carved. Very nicely designed shoulder seams. The shirt is in good to very good condition. Discreet stains. One small missing part in the ruffled collar. The decoration, brooch, neck tie and scarf, is not included.
Price: 1.450 Euro