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The waistcoat's profile illustrates the ideal elongated men's figure.

Fine embroidery adorns the front panels and buttons.

Man's Waistcoat
1775-1785

"A gentleman of family, fortune, and education"
This silk, embroidered waistcoat belonged to Francis Dana, a Massachusetts member of the 1777 Continental Congress. His letter of introduction from John Adams to George Washington described him as "a gentleman of family, fortune, and education"--and as this piece of sartorial finery attests, Adams could have added, "fashion." Dana later served as the U.S. minister to Russia, where he is said to have worn this waistcoat.

Notes
Silk satin; back and lining of napped cotton and linen
Francis Dana, born June 13, 1743, Charlestown, MA; died April 25, 1811, Cambridge, MA
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· Francis Dana
· Waistcoats, 1700s
· George Washington, First President, 1789-1797
· John Adams, Second President, 1797-1801

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