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Patterned Velvet Cape

Patterned Velvet Cape
C.1895. This short cape would have been worn during the autumn/early spring as part of a walking outfit or for going out someplace special.
It's made out of a crisp velvet, with a floral pattern. The edges of the cape are trimmed with a band of glossy jet seed beads. There is only one fastening, a heavy duty hook 'n eye at the throat. It's quite flared, measuring 83" all around the hem. The shoulders are pleated and full so it can be worn with a large sleeved Leg 'o mutton bodice. Measures 18" long.
(L. Hidic)