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Late Victorian Capes

Late Victorian Capes
The top cape is a turn of the century, C.1900 storm cape in very heavy black wool, with a high storm collar. Braid and frogging decorate the collar and the edges of the cape, see detail. Lined with black cotton sateen. It would have been worn in early winter and would have kept out a lot of cold wind!
From the practical to the frivolous:
The bottom cape is a late 19C, circa 1890 silk taffeta shoulder cape with a black Chantilly lace flounce and black jet beading all over, lined with black silk. This would have been worn for visiting, probably by an older lady.
(Milford-Cottam collection)