Child's Jester Costume, 1880-1910
Multi-piece jester costume of pink and light blue satin, trimmed with lace, bells, sequin, metallic beads. Includes jacket, knickers, cap, sash, and playing card plaques with spade and diamond appliques. Cap secures to head with elastic. Collar, sleeves, waist and jacket and knicker hems finished in triangular points with bell hanging from each point. Lace trim at neck, shoulders, sleeve ends, and knicker hems. Jacket has two patch pockets, hammered wire hook-and-eye closures, white glazed cotton lining. Knickers have tabs and buttonholes at waist but no closures. Knickers and cap lined with white and red cotton. Machine stitching, hand-finished seams. An exquisitely constructed boy's jester masquerade costume used for upper class parties. Includes a matching cap and a strange sash of folded fabric - it is unknown whether this was held in the hand or attached to the shoulder (there is no indication of use or evidence of pinning). It is also unclear how the knickers close - perhaps the tabs accomodated a string or rope belt, or a blouse was buttoned to them and held them up.