A Cary Grant suit from The Howards of Virginia
Columbia, 1940. An 18th century style costume comprising a brown wool frock coat with grosgrain trim, six buttons down the front, three on each sleeve, three on each pocket, and two on the reverse, bearing a green-lettered United Costumers Hollywood label with the typed inscription "842A / Cary Grant," additionally stamped "Warner Bros Wardrobe"; a burgundy ground floral brocade waistcoat with orange silk back bearing a green-lettered United Costumes Hollywood label with the inscription, "842B / Cary Grant," additionally stamped "Warner Bros Wardrobe"; brown wool breeches with green-lettered United Costumers Hollywood label reading "842C / Cary Grant," with the waist additionally stamped, "Warner Bros Wardrobe." Accompanied by a copy of the film.
Grant stars as Matt Howard, a surveyor who befriends the young "Tom" Jefferson and later marries an aristocrat's daughter. The sophisticated nature of this suit contrasts with the humble buckskins he wears earlier in the film, and symbolizes his transition from farmer to politician. The Howards of Virginia was one of only two period films Grant ever made and was shot on location at Colonial Williamsburg, then-newly restored by John D. Rockefeller Jr.