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Clothing from beyond the grave


On my recent travels to central and eastern Europe I visited Mikulov castle in the Czech Republic. A beautifully renovated building, it is home to some fantastic 17th Century treasures including clothing recently excavated from the coffins of Margaretha Franciska Lobkowicz (1597-1617) and her husband Wenzel Wilhelm Lobkowicz (1592—1621), who are buried in the crypt of the parish church of St Wenceslas. In 2003, the Regional Museum in Mikulov obtained the couple’s burial garments following the anthropological examination of the skeletal remains that had been carried out by Eva Drozdová of the Department of Anthropology, Masaryk University in Brno. Margaretha was Lady-in-Waiting to Empress Anna, wife of Emperor Matthias. In February 1616, she married and the following year, at the age of twenty, she died giving birth to a son. 

The quality of the photos is rather poor due to the dark conditions in which the clothes are preserved.

  

Coat
Coat
Dress

Doublet detail


Doublet detail


Doublet detail


Stockings and garter


Stockings and garter
Child’s clothing and shoes


For more on 17th Century clothing see here
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