|The jacket, worn by the lowest of the low: |
Sailors and Stablehands, objects of scorn and derision. 
|Detail from "The Soho Masquerade", c 1770. |
|Hot Spiced Gingerbread, Smoking Hot, Cries (After Wheatley) |
but also-a very peculiar fashion-as an under garment. Or is it peculiar?
|Old Chairs To Mend, Cries No. 10 (After Wheatley) |
Notice the man, wearing a red waistcoat over a grey sleeved waistcoat and body shirt.
"RUN away from the Subscriber, in Amelia County, near the old Courthouse, on the 18th of June last, a Negro Man named JOE, about five Feet five Inches high, and about thirty five Years of Age; he is a thin made Fellow, and has lost most of his Teeth. He had on when he ran away a spotted Ermine under Waistcoat, and a Negro Cotton One with a small Cape bound with red, also the Sleeves; he had on also a Shirt of Cotton and Tread, and a Pair of Rolls Trousers. I imagine he is now lurking about in the County of Westmoreland, as he was once the Property of Colonel John Lee, deceased, of that County. I will give FIVE POUNDS Reward to any Person that will bring me the said Runaway." 
"COMMITTED to the Jail of this County, on Thursday the 3d Instant, a Negro Man about five Feet ten Inches high, of a slender Stature, a small Scar between his Eyes, and a Scar on his left Cheek, has on a blue Halfthick Waistcoat with Metal Buttons, a white under Waistcoat with the same Buttons, a Pair of Trousers, Shoes, Stockings, &c. He says his Name is JOE, and that he belongs to Peter Binford of Prince George. The Owner is desired to prove his Property add pay Charges." 
Detail from "A pretty maid buys a love song", Walton, 1779. 
Notice the tapes in lieu of buttons to close the waistcoat.
|The white lining of the the garment is pulled back to reveal|
Jefferson's initials on the "stocking lining".