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Catalog Number 0000.228
Description Men's Suspenders, c. 1860s. Pink silk with multicolored embroidered floral design with leather and elastic straps and metal button fasteners.
Object Name Suspenders
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Men's Suspenders, c. 1860s
Date c. 1860s
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Notes "Suspenders (American English, Canadian English) or braces (British English) are fabric or leather straps worn over the shoulders to hold up trousers. The straps may be elasticated, either entirely or only at attachment ends, and most straps are of woven cloth forming an X or Y shape at the back. Suspenders are typically attached to trousers with clips or buttons using leather tabs at the ends. Outside the United States the term suspenders, or suspender belt, refers to a garment used to hold up stockings. This is called a garter belt in American English.
There have been several precursors to suspenders throughout the past 300 years, but modern suspenders were first invented in 1820 by Albert Thurston. They were once almost universally worn, due to the high cut of mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century trousers that made a belt impractical. During the nineteenth century, suspenders were sometimes called galluses. Samuel Clemens, known for his work as the author Mark Twain, patented "Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments" (ADSG), becoming one of the first to receive a United States patent for suspenders in 1871. After losing popularity during World War I, when men became accustomed to uniform belts, suspenders were still regular attire throughout the 1920s. Because of their image as 'underwear', some men switched to belts during the 1930s as the vests which had hidden suspenders became worn less often. This also signaled the switch in position of securing buttons from the outside of the waistband to the inside. Life magazine stated in 1938 that 60% of American men chose belts over suspenders. Though the return of fuller-cut trousers in the 1940s revived suspenders, they did not dominate over belts again to the same extent. However, in the UK they remained the norm to wear with suits and dress trousers." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspenders 3/13/2017]
Dimensions H-30.5 W-9.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Men's Accessories
Men's Fashion
Wedding
Weddings
Subjects Clothing & dress
Men
Weddings