Blue felt hood decorated with gold braid.

From Charles Newton 2013.10.31: 'The costume is difficult. It does not seem to be a uniform in the conventional sense, there are no indicators of military or naval rank. After the Tanzimat of the 1830s, military costume was very Europeanised in any case – the most Ottoman thing worn was the fez. It is rather a showy outfit that might have been worn by a dandy, or a servant, (the equivalent of livery), or even a wedding outfit. I would say Ottoman, late 19th century - early 20th century in date. The embroidery on the mintan (coat with sleeves), and on the yelek (waistcoat) is high quality, and the gömlek (shirt), with what I presume is the separate lace collar, is rather fine. The breeches, (zipka or perhaps salvar) look in very good condition – can hardly have been worn. I am not an expert on costume, and I might have not used the correct Ottoman terms in this particular case. I expect that Wingfield Digby [George Wingfield Digby, F.R.S.A., who was Keeper of Textiles at the V&A in the 1940s] passed it on to the Horniman as he would have regarded it as folk costume – therefore ethnography, and not part of their remit.'

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk