A coachman’s tunic delivers style at Whyte’s latest auction

Chronicling how staff livery was used as a status symbol for masters of the 18th and 19th centuries

30th April, 2017
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Show collar belonging to champion Irish Red Setter Garryowen 1879-1884

During the 18th and 19th centuries, how better to advertise one’s affluence than with spectacular staff livery? Servants were dressed as extravagantly as their masters and razzle dazzle is the only way to describe a coachman’s outfit due to go under the hammer at Whyte’s.

An acid-green hussar-style wool tunic, it has a bullion-corded front with 48 gilt-brass buttons, each with a relief harp (the detail that identifies it...

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