Man's Shirt

In multi-coloured cotton and silk.

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Year of production:
1885 - 1890
I & R Morley
silk, cotton
Overall length 70cm, width 51cm
silk, Nottingham, cotton

Knitted on the stocking frame in silk and mercerised cotton. Separately made and sewn on long sleeves and collar. The purple area on the front has faint traces as if drawn out to be embroidered with the badge of the Salvation Army

Although bought as part of the Allen, Solly & Co collection is was probably made by I & R Morley. A similar, though not identical shirt, in a private collection has a red front embroidered with 'I & R M 1885' in yellow. Both shirts are tours de force of intarsia* knitting and were probably unique.

*A method of knitting with a number of colours, in which a separate length or ball of yarn is used for each area of colour.

ID Number: NCM 1985-770/34

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