1600 - 1625
Silk damask, Shag
56 in (l)
Claydon House, Buckinghamshire
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A purple silk damask man's robe, cap and slippers. The robe is lined with slate blue silk shag which is a fabric with a long pile simulating fur. The robe is decorated with gold and silver braid and has matching buttons. It was reputed to have belonged to Sir Francis Verney and to have been sent back to Claydon from Messina in Sicily where he died. Sir Francis left England and his family in 1608 and became a pirate on the Barbary coast of North Africa.
A purple silk figured damask man's robe, cap and pantoufles. The robe lined with slate blue silk shag which is meant to simulate fur. It has long hanging sleeves which are decorated with gold and silver braid. The arms were placed through an armhole just infront of these sleeves which were purely decorative. The cap and pantoufles match the robe, they are made from the same fabric. The pantoufles are shoes with no backs, like mules. The robe is long, it would fit a man of about six feet tall.
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust for display at Claydon House, 2005.
Splendid Stitches & Exotic Embroidery: a Treasure House of Textiles, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury, 2013