The Hispanic Liverpool Community Collection

European-style cotton shirt, from World Museum Liverpool's Larrinaga collection

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Object/Item in the collections of World Museum Liverpool

Date added:

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. 

Additional information:
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.