Waistcoat

Object Number: 
1960.22d
Date: 
1940
Medium: 
Silk, gold, other metal, mother of pearl
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 x 20 x 21 3/4 in. ( 2.5 x 50.8 x 55.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: reverse of metal buttons: "HILBORN HAMBURGER INC. / N.Y."
Description: 
White silk Air Force dress waistcoat; the front is woven in a waffle pattern, and has long lapels which are bulbous at the bottom, 3 gold buttons at the stomach cast with the Great Seal at the center, 2 pockets at the stomach; plain weave silk back with 2 straps at the small of the back which buckle at the center to silver-colored metal double-tongued chape buckle, buckle fastened to the left strap with mother of pearl button; lapels and inside lined with plain weave white silk.
Gallery Label: 
This Air Force tailcoat was worn by Colonel Stedman Shumway Hanks of New York during World War II; the Society owns the complete uniform. According to Col. Hanks, this uniform was not regulation issue in 1960 when it was donated. It was, however, required evening dress when the U.S.A.F. became a separate department of the War Department. It was required only for official receptions such as those at the White House and when military dignitaries held special meetings with foreign representatives.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel Stedman Shumway Hanks
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group