English Boys Suits: Types--Collar-buttoning Jackets

Figure 1.--This CDV portrait shows an unidentified English boy wearing a velvet collar-buttoning jacket with longish knee pants as was common at the time. Note rhe samall ruffled collar ahd bow. This mosdest neck wear was common before the Fauntleroy Crazeof the 1880s. The outfit is complered with awide-brimmed hat carefully podition to show his hair, light-colored long stockings. and high top shoes. The portrait is undated, but we would guess the 1870s, perhaps the early-80s. The studio was Herriott in Berwick on Tweed.

We also see English boys wearing suit jackets that buttoned at the collar. We do not always see the actual button because of collar and neckwear, but the collar-buttoning style is apparent. We believe this was a very common style, although we are not sure just when it first appeared. Almost certainly it was in the mid-19th century. We are not sure about the origins, but it may have been influenced by military styles. It certainly was in America, we are less sure about England. Fashions generlly developed in England and France and other European countries and spread across the Atlantic to America. This may not be the case here. A lot of American collar-buttoning jackets were done with military styling like brass buttons. We do not see this in Britain, but we also do not have many English images from that period. Our very limited English archive from this period makes it difficult to assess with any percission. We have been able to archive very few English Dags (1840s-50s) and Ambros (1850s). We first begin to see the collar-buttoning jackets when CDVs become available in quantity (1860s). From this period we do have a considerable archive and information on English fashion trends. We see collar buttoning jackets throuhout the rest of the 19th century and into the early-20th century. They were a boys' style. We do not see men wearing them. This seems to have been a style common for low-cost suits for boys, but we also see them done in velvet and thus there was not a sharp social class divided at play here.


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