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Claydon House displays 17th century suit

Claydon House, Bucks.  Monday 24_2_2014 Dressing and placing of manakin in 17th Century clothing by Conservators Rosamund Weatherall (purple jumper) and Jane Smith

Claydon House, Bucks. Monday 24_2_2014 Dressing and placing of manakin in 17th Century clothing by Conservators Rosamund Weatherall (purple jumper) and Jane Smith

A rare 17th-century wedding suit has returned to National Trust property Claydon House, in Middle Claydon, and goes on display next weekend.

Claydon House is home to a unique collection of 17th-century costumes which belonged to members of the Verney family, who have lived at Claydon for over 400 years.

Claydon’s house manager, Katie Phillips, said: “There are many pieces in the collection, from undergarments to capes and gloves,.

“They all require careful conservation and are so sensitive to light that we display only one item each year.”

One of the collection pieces is Sir Edmund ‘Mun’ Verney’s wedding suit.

Over the last year the suit has been at the National Trust’s textile conservation studio at Blickling, in Norfolk, where it has been painstakingly conserved, ready for its return and display this year.

Made of damask for Sir Edmund’s wedding in 1662 and decorated with ribbons, the suit comprises a doublet, breeches, cape, gloves and a baldrick (a belt worn over the shoulder to carry a sword).

The wedding suit will be on display from Saturday, March 15, until November 2.

Normal admission applies.

The house is open Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 5pm. Call 01296 730349.

 

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