Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Goth before Goth was cool

From the seller:

This lovely coat is from Victorian-Edwardian time - black wool - small black velvet collar - label reads Hallonbeck New York - lined in creme color satin - hidden buttons from top to bottom - I don't usually sell Victorian or Edwardian clothing yet I'm thinking this may be a bustle back coat - there is impeccable detailing on the back w/wide sewn pleating & a long opening of 27 inches & fullness in the middle area. Even if it is not the detailing & elegance is beautiful - there are 2 satin bands inside lining waist?? - do not know what for? - feels like some quilting between the lining & coat - there are some tears on left side of lining. Otherwise this coat is in very good condition - no moth holes, tears or stains. Parts of coat seem to be hand sewn.

Measures: across shoulders 13.5 inches - across bust line 15 1/4 inches - waist 22.5 inches around - across hips 16.5 inches - sleeves 24 inches - top to bottom 53 inches.

From Me:

So... I'm putting this at the "natural form" era in the late 1870's/early 1880's. This dear coat is so plain (deep mourning?) that it's very hard to tell exactly when it's from. However, it follows a few other coats I've seen from that era...

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