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Henry Hill Hickman's satin waistcoat, Europe, 1820-1830

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Close-fitting main garments extending to below the waistline. Usually front buttoning and sleeveless, but may have sleeves, especially garments from the 18th century. Worn over a shirt and under a coat or jacket.

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