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  • Place of origin:

    UK (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1830s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Figured silk with a satin collar and silk lining

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The cloak or cape was a standard garment for outerwear until the nineteenth century. As a garment for children its advantage lay in the fact that since it was not a close-fitting garment, it had a much loger period of use as a child grew; it was also relatively simple to produce, even for the amateur dressmaker.

Coats for children were potentially less thrifty, since they needed to be replaced when they no longer fitted. They were also of more complex cut and construction, so were generally more expensive, but various forms of child's coat became widespread in the second half of the 19th century, and eventually took over from the cloak except for party and other 'occasion' wear.

Physical description

Girl's cloak of pale puce silk figured with a self-coloured pattern of vertical waving stems and pinnate leaves, and lined with pale turquoise silk. The cape (which is piped in pale turquoise satin throughout) has a rounded turn-down collar of pale turquoise satin above a double shoulder cape; vertical armhole slits with decorative external flaps; and tying strings of broad pale turquoise ribbon (one missing) at the neck front.

Place of Origin

UK (probably, made)


1830s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Figured silk with a satin collar and silk lining


Length: 86.5 cm centre back below collar

Object history note

Bought in Sale of Costume & Textiles at Christie's (South Kensington) Ltd 16/11/1994

Descriptive line

Girl's cloak of light puce coloured silk; probably British, 1830-1839


Silk; Satin




Children's clothes; Children & Childhood; Europeana Fashion Project


Museum of Childhood

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