Tailcoat, French origin
Brown wool single-breasted tailcoat with silk embroidery; tall stand-up collar, eight buttons front opening, wide cuffs with three buttons at each wrist; pockets with chevron-shaped flap located at each hip; button at the bottom of each tail; collar, cuffs, tails, pockets, and center-front edge embroidered in various colors of silk in ornate floral and leaf design; handmade silk point lace runs along outer edges; buttons covered with brown wool and embroidered with satin stitch in pinwheel designs resembling flowers; inside of tailcoat lined with white twill-weave silk.
This silk tailcoat, owned by Chancellor Livingston, along with a waistcoat, was embroidered in various colors of silk in an ornate floral and leaf design. As seen in his portrait painted by John Vanderlyn, Livingston appreciated fine silk garments and enjoyed ornamental designs on his public clothes. His taste may have been indebted to French style, which he was exposed to during his time abroad in Europe.