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Object Number 1983.001.0012
Object Name Coat
Date 1685-1699
Culture English, attributed
Description Late 17th c. Gentleman's buckskin coat.
Buckskin coat with high round neck, front lacing to waist, wide skirts, open sides and rear pleat, epaulets, long sleeves with applied wide velvet cuffs trimmed metal buttons.

Coat belonged to Nicholas Miller of Old Soar, Plaxtol (ob. 1693). He was the son of Nicholas Miller, Kt. (1592-1693) of Horsnalls Craitch, near Wrotham, Kent.

Military Buckskin Coat with Red Velvet Cuffs
England, 1685-1693

The coat is padded and reinforced at the right shoulder to accommodate the firearm and is left open under the arms for a greater ease of movement while shooting. It was part of the estate of Nicholas Miller from Old Soar, Plaxton, who died in 1693 and is the earliest European garment in the Museum's collection. It probably would have been worn with a periwig and three-cornered hat. Although the metal buttons and detachable velvet cuffs are original, the leather lacings are modern replacements.
Material Buckskin/Velvet/Metal
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Credit line Silverman/Rodgers Collection
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 4