18th Century Stays

Saxon Blue Wool "Cassimere"- $14.00 yd.

6577-1

$3.50

Cassimere was a fabric created out of the desire of Trowbridge weavers who were known for their broadcloth to compete with Norwich stuffs which became ever increasing in their popularity in the 18th century. They were especially demanded in the warmer climates such as Spain and the southern colonies of America. In 1766 Francis Yerbury of Bradford patented a manner of spinning and weaving woolens to create a superfine twill woven cloth extremely light in weight that had a soft hand and excellent drape. This cloth became highly desired for Ladies wear. According to some of Yerbury’s surviving pattern books he shipped cassimeres to the Carolinas in the 1770’s. A wonderful article by our good friend Royston Berrett about Yerbury’s invention can be read here. The color Saxon Blue was extremely popular.  Introduced in the first half of the 18th century, saxon blue went from a secret using cobalt to widely publicized methods that basically involved indigo dissolved in oil of vitriol converting the indigo from a vat dye to an acid dye.  This novel shade of blue was highly desirable and was produced along with saxon green by dyers of many nationalities. This wool color closely resembles a saxon blue from a  wool dye book of 1770 which we studied.

  • Our cassimere is well suited for Lady’s gowns, riding habits, jackets, petticoats, lightweight outer garments, men’s coats, waistcoats and lined breeches, children’s wear as well as household use such as bed curtains.
  • 100% Wool 61 inches wide.

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