18th Century Style Coat Likely Worn by Henry Ford

Summary

Henry Ford likely purchased this "18th century" style coat to wear at old-fashioned dancing parties. Ford likely only donned the costume for special occasions--not his weekly dances. The garment's maker, the Eaves Costume Company of New York, designed and rented costumes for a variety of plays and musical revues. They also provided costumes for masquerades and balls attended by wealthy socialites.

Henry Ford likely purchased this "18th century" style coat to wear at old-fashioned dancing parties. Ford likely only donned the costume for special occasions--not his weekly dances. The garment's maker, the Eaves Costume Company of New York, designed and rented costumes for a variety of plays and musical revues. They also provided costumes for masquerades and balls attended by wealthy socialites.

Artifact

Coat (Garment)

Date Made

1925-1935

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

51.34.55

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Clara Ford Estate.

Material

Velvet (Fabric weave)
Silk (Textile)
Satin
Elastic fabrics

Color

Black (Color)
Pink (Color)
Blue
Purple
Yellow
White (Color)
Green

Dimensions

Length: 39 in  (Center back length)

Length: 30 in  (Length of sleeve)

Circumference: 28 in  (Circumference of waist)

Inscriptions

EAVES COSTUME CO. / THEATRICAL COSTUMERS / NEW YORK EAVES COSTUME CO. / MR. HENRY FORD / NO. C.36 W.32

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