100% cotton, 56" wide
This brown velvet has tiny black woven spots giving an overall dark appearance to the fabric. Cotton velvet spread rapidly after about the 1750s and were known as "Manchester goods". Spotted Manchester velvets were used in the 18th century for men's waistcoats, jackets and breeches. In the early 19th century velvet was used for women's outerwear such as spencers but also in trims and accessories. Two examples are provided here both cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. First, in the 1776 New England Chronicle, or Essex Gazette an ad included, "just received from New-York and Philadelphia, a fresh supply of English Goods, which are now selling off at his store in Cambridge. Among his assortment are the following articles, viz. . . . spotted and plain velvets". Another example from the 1775 Connecticut Courant "the following prisoners made their escape, viz. the notorious . . . Irishman . . . wore . . . a pair of spotted Manchester breeches." Black linen thread matches this fabric as will black quilter's thread for sewing button holes.
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 13 August, 2016.