I have held on to this fabulous vintage find for a number of years.....I really hate to part with it! As you know, vintage coats from this era are difficult to find and this one was discovered at an estate sale in Hampton, Virginia many years ago. At that time, I was pleasantly surprised at the good condition of the garment and the WEIGHT of the material this coat is made from is astonishing! It is heavy cotton velvet which appears to be comparable to what we would refer to today as crushed velvet. The coat is full and flared and drapes nicely for such a heavy material. When worn, the coat's weight is evenly distributed on the body. None the less, it's still a substantial coat! The long cuffed sleeves are somewhat puffed and rather full. Eight original cloth covered buttons give a double- breasted effect on the front of the coat and the four original closure loops that held the front of the coat closed are missing. These could be easily replaced. The lap over scarf style collar which I have left to drape down in the photos, is beautifully top stitched with a circular and loop design...a black on black detailing which also appears on each of the wide cuff. There is a fold over pleat on the top of each sleeve that runs to the cuff. The inside of the coat is fully lined with a rich black silk satin fabric. It's very hard to describe this coat except to say that it is amazing! I hope the pictures do it justice.
Condition: Very Good
For it's age, I could almost say that this coat is in excellent condition, but I will go with a step down, simply because of a few issues. The velvet material is still very black with no noticeable fading. It obviously was never exposed to much light. The material is very strong and has endured the years very well. As I mentioned earlier, the closure loops are missing, although all buttons are present and appear to be original to this garment. The interior lining is in excellent condition with a small bit of fraying and wear in the area where the loops would have been. The armhole areas could be re-sewn or re-enforced, as some of the stitches have come undone. I didn't notice this before and would have had this taken care of when I had the cuffs professionally re-enforced had I seen this. The inner lining at the collar is very frayed and I decided to leave this repair to the purchaser. When displayed or worn, this fraying is on the interior and is not seen, but, none the less, it is there. There are some slight wear points on the collar drape. The coat has no musty odors, either. None of these issues take anything away from this vintage Victorian gem of a coat!
Hip Area with Coat Closed: 58"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 34"
Sleeve Length: 25"
Circumference of Cuff: 10"
Circumference at Bottom of Coat: 81"
Length from Shoulder to Hem: 50"
Circumference of inside of Arm Hole Opening: 17"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America(CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild(VFG).