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Object Name Suit
Object ID # 1992.21.3 ab
Creator R.E. Hope Clothing Company
Place of Origin Souderton, PA
Date 1971
Material Cotton, Rayon, Wool
Description A man's two piece plain suit made out of a black wool twill, comprised of stripes of alternating angles of the twill. Both pieces are machine made.

a) The jacket has a notcheded collar and a five button closure. There are also three buttons at each sleeve cuff. There are two flap pockets at the natural waistline. At the back there is a single center vent. The jacket is lined in a navy chevron woven rayon and the sleeves are lined in a cream rayon. There is an inner slit chest pocket on the proper right side. There is a maker's tag attached to the outside of the pocket, which reads: " Tailored by "HOPE" R.E. Hope Clo. Co. SOUDERTON, PA." Inside the pocket there is a tailor's tag, which reads: "R.E. HOPE CLOTHING CO. INC. SOUDERTON, PA. Made Expressly for Mr. Reverend Detweiler [handwritten] DATE: Souderton, Pa 1-19-71 [handwritten]."

b) The trousers have a center crease on both the front and back legs. There is a metal zip fly with a snap closure and a button closure on the inside of the waistband. there are seven belt loops, and two side seam pockets. There are also two pockets on the back, one slit and one with a button closure. The waistband and the pockets are lined in cream cotton. There are 1.750" wide cuffs at the bottom of the legs.
Provenance Worn by James "Richard" C. Detweiler (1924-1991). He became ordained in 1948. This suit was worn during the period he served as the pastor of Souderton Mennonite Church (1967-1980). He was married to Mary Jane (Rudy) Detweiler (1926-2004).

R.E. Hope Clothing Company was established by Rudolph E. Hope in 1923, and began as men's clothing retailer, offering custom tailoring and plain clothing as well. It expanded to womenswear in 1926.
Source Gift of Mary Jane Rudy Detweiler, in memory of Richard C. Detweiler
People Detweiler, Richard C., 1924-1991
Collection Clothing-Men's