Costume and Textiles
Livery Coat for a Servant of Prince von MetternichMade in Austria, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Austrian
Dark yellow fulled wool plain weave, satin and cut and looped velvet (lampas weave) ribbon, cast brass buttons
Currently not on view
1912-108Purchased with Special Museum Funds, 1912
LabelAustrian statesman Prince Klemens Lothar von Metternich provided this livery coat to a footman or groom in his service. The yellow cloth is covered by rich braid that, like the brass buttons, is adorned with the coat of arms of the Metternich noble family: three scallop shells that symbolized pilgrimage. Since display was the impetus for livery, the grandest clothing—often including fossilized styles and quasi-military trimmings—was worn by servants with merely ceremonial duties.