A rare 18th century deerskin colonial-style riding coat from the State of Veracruz, Mexico.
During the 19th century, independence from Spain was finally achieved in 1821 but the Mexican economy suffered. Wealthy Mexican landowners on the great haciendas (landed estates) took enormous pride in horsemanship, an activity associated with the élite.
Acquired by Edward Burton Penny, a trader in the medicinal jalap. It is possible that the riding coat and gaiters were presented to Penny in lieu of payment as part of a trade deal.
Donated to RAMM in 1872 by Mrs E. B. Penny soon after his death.
Edward Burton Penny came from a wealthy family. His father James Stubbington Penny was a property owner living in St. Leonard’s, Exeter. Penny’s great uncle, James Penny, was a mariner and slave trade supporter. He made his fortune trafficking enslaved people to the Americas.
This object is on display at RAMM in the World Cultures gallery.