These two vests sat in my closet for six years because I didn't know how to display them. There was no perfect solution as the front and back of the vests are equally beautiful. I decided to bring them to a great frame shop in town, and I worked with the framer to select the matting & frame. The vests are hand stitched to a silk matt and box framed with a simple thin gold frame. (While the color of the matting appears different in these two photos, it is the same and more like the color of the background of the white vest.) We used museum glass because of its clarity and anti-reflective properties. While I can no longer view the beautiful back sides of these vests, I enjoy seeing them every day as they are displayed on the walls in our entrance and living room.
I recently came across another exquisite vest recently for sale online. While it was not in the same fine condition as the others, I will get it restored. The metallic thread is just beautiful against the black wool felt and I love the design. I don't know what I will do with this one, but would love to have another way to display it. Does anyone have any ideas?