Object/Item in the collections of World Museum Liverpool
Oct 2, 2015
Date of creation:
Early 19th century (according to Museum of Liverpool display label)
Shirt: cotton. Buttons metal, enamel, mother of pearl
Museum accession number: 1991.121.129
Catalogue text: A rare European-style cotton shirt with an open neck, gathered sleeves and cuffs. Draw string hem with a cotton cord. Metal buttons decorated with enamel and mother of pearl.
Display text: While many fancy China Trade goods still survive, this man's shirt is quite rare. It highlights the simple style of travelling merchants.
The Larrinaga shipping company had sailed between Liverpool and Manila, via Singapore, since the 1860s. The family had representatives in Manila and at staging points en route for many years; Their collection of decorative Asian items would probably have come through these connections.