This style of jacket was a popular lady's fashion from approximately 1770-1785. It is designed with a false stomacher front which has a center front hook and eye closure. The over-the-elbow length sleeves are finished with shaped cuffs. An optional ruching strip may be fastened (by hooks to thread eyes) across the stomacher to secure a neck handkerchief if it is worn over the caraco. Covered buttons have been added to the base of the side back seams. Optional ribbon loops may be sewn inside the caraco which can be fastened up over the buttons to lift the jacket skirt à la polonaise. This jacket is based on a caraco in the collection of the DeWitt Wallace Museum - Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and a jacket from France c. 1775 in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.