Fig Leaf Patterns Sleeveless Spencer c. 1798-1800
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The Sleeveless Spencer’s masculine cut and strips of braid imitating the trim on military uniforms contrast with the delicate drapery of the muslin fabric. Sleeveless Spencers were very popular in the last years of the 1790s into the early years of 19th Century. This style of vest has a very short back and some form of ruffle or peplum ornamentation to highlight the high waistline.