Sunday, July 21, 2013

1870's Cutwork Jacket

From the seller:

*Original Victorian jacket/ coat

*Fine sueded wool fabric

*Lined in pure silk

*Lavish cut-work & embroidery

*Sleeves trimmed with ruffled lace & tulle/ silk

*Elaborate handkerchief hemline/ points front & back

*Museum quality

Offered here is a gorgeous original Victorian jacket. This is made of the finest sueded wool fabric, it looks and feels like suede, very fine soft quality. The color is deep ecru, the wool is excellent, very clean, sturdy, no stains, no tears. It is lavishly embellished with cut-work and embroidery which is 11" to 18" wide around the hem, down the front and on the back. The stand up collar is done of openwork, there are silk handmade rose buds that cascade from the neck on silk cording, these are lovely, the medallion at the neck had petals attached, some of the petals are missing from the medallion, the coat has the original hooks down the front. The sleeves are fabulous with elaborate cuffs lined with ruffled tulle and lace, the sides of the sleeves are puffed with a sheer silk organdy, inside the organdy it looks like rose petals ( this was probably silk lining material but it looks lovely). The coat has a fabulous handkerchief hem line with deep points in the front and back, the coat flows with the fullness to the back, it has an A-line flare and is made with godets. It is fully lined in a cream color pure silk with inside pockets, the lining has no stains but is is deteriorating and could be replaced if desired. Measures; length at side from shoulder 32", center back 43" from neck, center front 44", sweep at hem 74", chest 36", shoulders across seam 14", sleeve length including lace 26". Overall the coat is excellent, the wool coat is nearly mint except for some broken threads between the cut-work (nothing notable), very sturdy, no stains, no tears, the lining could be replaced. All original Victorian era garment, a piece of fashion history, museum quality!

From Me:

The way the front is cut and the way the faux poofs are placed in the sleeves are very indicative of the 1870's.


  1. What an ugly mannequin. I've been working in my local museum, improving the historical fashion display, and lemme tell you--the hideous, oddly-postured mannequin just doesn't do any justice to these beautiful vestments. sighhh

    1. Hehehe! My first question was why someone would put roses in the picture?

      The mannequins can be quite bad - mine certainly aren't up to snuff- but the worst one I have ever seen was a pillow with a faux head a la 1980's stuck to it. It was...creepy.

    2. ROFL! That mannequin is distracting. My brain insists the jacket is 1970s, not 1870s.