costumes supplied by employers

Costumes often formed part of the contract between an employer and employee.

1708
diary of Rees ap Rees, St Dogmaels
‘Agreed with Anne Edwards for her son [as a servant] for a whole year for a pair of clothes and a lamb’
(Etheridge, p. 19)

1807 St Nicholas, Pembrokeshire
Flannel Aprons were so generally worn that in an early 19th century servant’s book (1807-1845) of John Evand of Trevaynog Hall, St Nicholas, Pembrokeshire, they are entered as part of payment of wages. In 1807, the head maidservant received £3 a year, I pound [weight] of wool and a flannel apron.
Skeel, C.A.J., The Welsh Woollen Industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1924, p.21 quoting Green, Francis, West Wales History Society, vol 9, p. 106

1832, Nov. 12
Agreed with Eleanor as head servant for £4/4/0 and flannel for one shift.
Diary of Thomas Jenkins, Llandeilo Fawr, 1826-1870, ed. D.C Jenkins, (1976), p. 5