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Waistcoat and breeches of suit which belonged to Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, Wynnstay (1749-89)
The breeches are made of plain plum velvet, probably a replacement of originals. The waistcoat is of pale green silk and was purchased by the Museum of Welsh Life with assistance from the National Art Collections Fund. The waistcoat is collarless, with green silk satin fronts and a paler silk plain weave lining and back. The embroidery, at the front edges, hem and pockets, is of gold purl, with metal sequins and floral ribbon, matching the embroidery on the coat, with tassels, bows and swags, and the reminder of the front is embroidered overall with single floral motifs in silk and metal purl thread. The eleven buttons are covered with matching embroidery. The work is probably the product of a London tailor's workshop, which would have employed a number of professional embroiderers.