M20518 | Coat
About 1795, 18th century
Fibre: silk (uncut velvet, embroidery), cotton (lining); Sewn (hand)
Gift of Mr. Frederick Cleveland Morgan
© McCord Museum
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The McCord Museum is the proud possessor of no fewer than six fine 18th-century men's embroidered coats. This is the most outstanding in the group. Made of splendid dark green uncut velvet, it is heavily embellished with rich multi-coloured floral embroidery. When the coat was acquired it was believed to have been embroidered by the Ursuline nuns in Quebec City, and to have been the property of Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, leader of the French forces at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. However, subsequent study of the coat's cut revealed that it dates to the 1790s, more than three decades after Montcalm's death in 1759, thus ruling out this appealing historical connection.