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Mantle

Mantle

  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    1860s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain woven silk, cotton bound down and hand stitched, lined with silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss H.M. Good

  • Museum number:

    T.367-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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An ingenious but simple way of manipulating birds' down has been employed in the construction of this mantle. It is made of cream silk entirely covered with links formed from stranded down shaped into roundels with cotton binding. The borders are trimmed with down, and the tufts have been hand-stitched to a cotton ground, to which are attached pendant down trimmings. The mantle is almost weightless and its silky, sumptuous material is incredibly soft to the touch.

Physical description

Mantle of white swansdown and made of cream silk entirely covered with links formed from stranded down shaped into roundels with cotton binding. The borders are trimmed with down, and the tufts have been hand-stitched to a cotton ground, to which are attached pendant down trimmings. A narrow cream and yellow silk ribbon is stitched around the inside border. Press studs down the front opening are most likely secondary additions.

Shaped to cover the shoulders and has a narrow band collar. Lined with silk.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)

Date

1860s (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Plain woven silk, cotton bound down and hand stitched, lined with silk

Object history note

Historical significance: A jacket similarly made and also dated to the 1860s survives in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Descriptive line

Mantle of swansdown, cotton and silk, with pendant down trimmings, Russia, 1860s

Materials

Cotton; Silk; Down

Techniques

Plain weave; Hand stitching; Wrapping

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

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