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.