This doublet, probably the best surviving example of one with a peascod (padded) belly, is part of a co-ordinating ensemble with matching trunk hose. It is an incredibly rare costume dating from 1600-1605. It probably belonged to Robert Bertie, Lord Willoughby de Eresby and would have been an extremely expensive outfit worn at special court occasions – perhaps at the coronation of James I in 1603.
It has just returned from conservation treatment by Tuula Pardoe at the Scottish Conservation Studio. As part of the painstaking work, Tuula removed nearly 800 pins from previous treatment which started over twenty years ago and was never finished! We are hoping to display the whole outfit for a limited period (due to its fragility) next year, so keep checking our website for more information.