The Spencer (Charcoal)

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The Spencer (Charcoal)

225.00

The Spencer is dating from the 1790s, was originally a woolen outer tail-coat with the tails cut-off. It was worn as a short waist-length, double-breasted, man's jacket. (Scroll down for the full backstory on this product)

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  • 100% British Wool
  • Double Breasted Cardigan
  • Shawl Collar
  • English Pine Buttons
  • Ribbed Sleeves 
  • Slim Fit
  • Designed and Manufactured in Britain
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The Backstory of this product

It was originally named for George (1758-1834). It was adopted as mess dress by British military officers, leading to the name mess jacket.

It was also soon adopted as a popular women's fashion on both sides of the Atlantic during the 1790-1820 Regency style period. The Spencer was worn as a cardigan, or as a short, fitted jacket cut to just above waist level, or, in Empire style, to the bust line, and tailored on identical lines to the dress.

The use of the term Spencer continued well into the 19th century to mean more generally any type of short jacket or coat. In current menswear, the term "Spencer" is often synonymous with knitted vest or waistcoat.

Made from Scottish Fleece which is then spun and dyed in Yorkshire then garment is manufactured in Leicester. With English Pine buttons, the labelling manufactured in Derby and even the packaging is made in Huddersfield.