From the seller:
This Auction is for A Late 1800's Ladies Brown Top / Jacket
Tagged at neckline WORTH PARIS . Made of brown velvet and lined with a medium weight striped fabric. Garment is heavily hand beaded front and back shoulders. Front of garment has a heavily pleated taffeta panel on either side of the hook and eye closures....Condition is truly exceptional with no rips, tears or holes. Fabric is in great shape and is not shattering....no fading of colors. There is however some bead loss to front pleated taffeta end fringe. There are openings at either underarm area to insert the hands possibly? When this garment is on a mannequin it almost has the appearance of being a cape due to the design. Wondering if possibly this garment was made for maternity purposes perhaps? Really not sure.
Measures approx. 30 inches bust X 20 inches sleeves X 19 inches back neckline to hemline X 50 inches hemline/sweep X 11 inches shoulder to shoulder seam X 27 inches front neckline to bottom of beaded fringe on pleated taffeta panel.
In the bottom left, there is a similar bodice to this extant one. The sleeves are the dead give away here - they are at 3/4's. Also, the high back with the lower front edge and the details of this bodice are all distinctly Edwardian in nature.