Doeskin, decorated with gilt buttons, bullion gimp and purple velvet slashes. An English edict of 1579: 'whereas divers of late years have used to wear privy coats and doublets of defense, thereby intending to quarrel and make frays upon others unharmed, not only in cites, towns and public assembly but within her majesty's court...her majesty doth expressly prohibit and forbid all and every of her subjects whatsoever the wearing of any such privy secret kind of coat or doublet of defense.'"
This ca 1580 doublet is a rare example of 16th-century male clothing, very little of which has survived. The cut of the doublet is typical of fashionable costume of the 1570s and 1580s. The delicate silk embroidery and the use of gold and silver metallic yarns are additional indicators of its high quality. The padded ribs on the chest, back, and sleeves suggest that it was also intended as a protective garment, most likely for fencing which was a major part of a wealthy male's education.