Not currently on display at the V&A

Cape

ca. 1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Semi-circular cape of blue ribbed tabby silk velvet. Slightly longer at the centre back than at the sides, and with floral decoration in black silk velvet pile. Large bunches of flowers tied with ribbon and connected by smaller swags, rise from the hem while delicate swags hang from the neck of the cape, and a trail of flowers and ribbon connect the two along each front opening. Black velvet ribbon is applied at the neck and front openings and there is a 7 inch black silk fringe with narrow velvet ribbon applied over its braid. The pile warp threads are cut away in the back. Unseamed. There are two darts to shape it at the neck. Fastening with a loop between two black silk buttons at the neck.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk velvet, velvet ribbon
Brief Description
Semi-circular cape of silk velvet, France, ca. 1860
Physical Description
Semi-circular cape of blue ribbed tabby silk velvet. Slightly longer at the centre back than at the sides, and with floral decoration in black silk velvet pile. Large bunches of flowers tied with ribbon and connected by smaller swags, rise from the hem while delicate swags hang from the neck of the cape, and a trail of flowers and ribbon connect the two along each front opening. Black velvet ribbon is applied at the neck and front openings and there is a 7 inch black silk fringe with narrow velvet ribbon applied over its braid. The pile warp threads are cut away in the back. Unseamed. There are two darts to shape it at the neck. Fastening with a loop between two black silk buttons at the neck.
Dimensions
  • Neck to hem, centre back, without fringe length: 29.75in
  • Neck to hem, centre back, without fringe length: 75.5cm
Credit line
Given by Mrs Joyce Maycock
Collection
Accession Number
T.263-1966

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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