Samuel Freeman's waistcoat, Portland, ca. 1786

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Samuel Freeman (1743-1831) of Portland first wore this waistcoat, or vest, at his marriage to Betty Ilsley Jones on February 7, 1786. A prominent citizen of Portland, Freeman was the first postmaster, helped found the first public library, served on the Committee of Correspondence during the Revolution, and served in the courts for most of his adult life.

This vest is of grosgrain silk, and richly embroidered with chenille and gold metallic threads. The back is linen. Vests are one of the more commonly surviving items of mid-eighteenth century male dress.

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About This Item

  • Title: Samuel Freeman's waistcoat, Portland, ca. 1786
  • Creation Date: circa 1786
  • Subject Date: circa 1786
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Silk, linen, metallic thread
  • Dimensions: 71.120 cm x 107.950 cm
  • Local Code: A86-191
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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