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Boy's Velveteen Norfolk Knicker Suit, 1890-1910


Brown velveteen Norfolk knicker suit. Collar-less, round-necked, double-breasted jacket faced with cotton and silk satin. Opens on right side; two rows of mother-of-pearl buttons, one functional. Two pleats on front, one pleat on back, with self-fabric belt passing through openings in pleats. Two patch pockets. Set-in sleeves, no cuffs. Straight-legged knickers with one snap at each hip. Inner waist band of white muslin with buttonholes. Two darts in back. Small open fly at inseam has been hand-sewn closed; flap covers fly. Lined with unglazed brown cotton. According to the source of purchase, this very nice suit belonged to a Boston family. It was probably a best suit for a young boy, used for special occasions. It might have been home-sewn, as it is rather crudely finished on the inside. A shirt would have been buttoned into the knickers at the inner waistband, but the shirt is missing.

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