Friday, February 20, 2015

1860's(?) Summer Cape

From the seller:

A rare 1830’s white cotton summer cape. The cape is all hand stitched and the initials F. H. are hand stitched with red thread inside the neckline. It has a ruched collar and armhole openings. The bottom hemline is trimmed with a wide ruffle. The collar, armhole openings and bottom hemline ruffle are all piped. The cape is unlined and has a tie front closure. The cape is in excellent and clean condition. There is one tiny split on the back shoulder area. Antique clothing is for display/collecting and should not be worn. Shoulders 15 length 42.

From Me:

I think this is actually 1860's. Here are two fashion plates, one from the 1830's, the other from the 1860's:

Notice the one from the 1830's has shoulders and looks to be pointed in the back and front.  Granted, these are winter capes, but I honestly couldn't find any fall/spring ones.   The other fashion plate, from 1864, shows a very similar cape to the extant one.  It simply is missing the bottom gathers.

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