Id’d Antebellum Vest and Id’d c. 1835 Frock Coat from the Tuckerman Family of Boston, MA


                                  Gustavus Tuckerman


Id’d Antebellum Vest and Id’d c. 1835 Frock Coat from the Tuckerman Family of Boston – This vest and early frock coat both have inked Tuckerman names on the interior of each garment. The vest, apparently that of Gustavus Tuckerman, Jr., a prominent Boston merchant, dates to approximately the mid-1850s. The frock coat, an older style, tail coat type, has the name Tuckerman, in a different hand, on the inside of the collar area; this coat was likely owned by Gustavus Tuckerman, Sr., father of Gustavus, Jr. Both father and son were prominent citizens of Boston.

The vest, in superior condition, was constructed of a fine brocaded satin on the front, exterior panels. There are, as in antebellum vests, three front pockets. The back of the vest and the interior were constructed of finely woven cotton or linen. The back retains its original adjuster belts, joined by a toothed, brass buckle. This vest may have served as Tuckerman, Jr.’s wedding vest.

The tailcoat, cut in a style commonly seen in fashionable men’s wear of the 1830s and 1840s, was made of a finely woven, English broadcloth wool; it appears to be either a very dark blue or black color. The coat is double breasted, featuring seven original, highly gilded flat buttons on the front; one button appears to be missing, but we will provide a period button to the buyer. The lapel was made of a very high quality, low pile, black velvet. The very narrow sleeves, a typical style of this period, end with functional cuffs, each exhibiting a single, small, gilded, flat button. The back of the coat has two, coat size, gilded, flat buttons at each side of the coat’s midline. The interior of the coat is lined with a fine quality black satin; this satin lining is quilted and padded in the chest area and flat, with a striped pattern, in the tails. There are some areas of wear and separation in the silk lining. The sleeve linings were made of a white cotton linen; there is some wear separation at the armpit area, but the rest of the linings seem strong. The coat is most impressive when displayed on a form. We used to see these early coats, on occasion, but this is the first we have had in many years and the first identified example.

Gustavus Tuckerman, Jr. was a Boston, Massachusetts, merchant who was involved in the China trade and India trade during the mid-19th century. From 1853 to 1859, Tuckerman travelled to Italy, India, and China, where he represented his firm’s business interests and arranged the export of goods to Boston. Gustavus Tuckerman, Jr. was born on May 15, 1824, at his grandfather’s home in Edgbaston, England and died on February 15, 1897 at 50 W. 45th Street, New York, NY. His parents were Gustavus Tuckerman, Sr. who was born on April 26, 1785 in Boston, Suffolk, MA and died on Jan. 15, 1860 in Allston Place, Boston, Massachusetts.. His mother was Jane Francis who was born on August 24, 1794 in Edgbaston, England and died on October 12, 1858 in Boston.. Gustavus married Emily Goddard Lamb on June 18, 1851 in Boston, Massachusetts Emily Goddard, daughter of Thomas Lamb, Jr. and Hannah Dawes Eliot, was born on September 19, 1829 in Boston and died on February 12, 1894, in New York. Gustavus was a merchant with the firm of Tuckerman, Townsend & Company. He and Emily had five children.





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