A Seventeenth-Century Doublet from Scotland

David Wilcox, Susan Payne, Tuula Pardoe, Ninya Mikhaila

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In December 2004, a local family donated a cream silk slashed doublet to Perth Museum and Art Gallery. Stylistically, the doublet is given a date between 1620 and 1630, but the family story is that it was a gift to one of their ancestors about the time of the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689. The donation stimulated a programme of investigation centred on the doublet's conservation, curatorial research, the production of two replica suits and the mounting of an exhibition. This project won the United Kingdom Award for Conservation 2007. The Institute of Conservation, the Museums, Archives & Libraries Council and the National Preservation Office support this nationwide award. This essay reflects four different specialists' engagement with the doublet: historical context, tailoring, conservation and reconstruction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-62
Number of pages24
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • seventeenth century tailoring


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