Riding coat (casaca)

Description
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. 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.
Accession Loan No.
E836
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
riding coat (casaca)
Simple Name
coat
Full Name
riding coat (casaca)
Dimensions
garment length 1370 mm; garment width 1490 mm; sleeve length 590 mm; sleeve width 165 mm; collar (top) width 142 mm
Production Year High
1872
Production Country
Mexico
Production Area Region
Central America
Production Continent
Latin America and the Caribbean
Family Group

Material
leather; metal; silk; metal
Function Name
garment
Collection Area Region
CENT
Collection Continent
America

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