This is a Old Original Shaker Cardinal Red Wool Dorothy Cloak Cape for Dressed Bisque Doll Late 19thC. The Shaker community dressed bisque dolls in the style of their own clothing. The Shaker women wore long wool cloaks/capes many of them in cardinal red wool. The adult size cloaks made from cardinal red wool are highly prized. Most of the cloaks I have seen for a doll are in gray wool, but this one is in vibrant red. The red wool is of the finest quality soft in feel and drape. My best guess is the doll, (the cloak was made for), would have been about 14 or 15 inches long as the cloak measures 14 inches from the top of the hood to the hem. The pleated cloak (without the hood) measures 10 inches long. The meticulous construction was done with a treadle sewing machine with perfect hand-stitched bound seams. The hood and the front binding are done in red satin. There is an unknown residue on one of the ribbon ties, underneath a collar corner, and a small section of the right hand side. The cloak is sewing perfection. There are no holes or moth holes and the wool is of the finest quality.
Measurements: Laying the cape out flat and open, the neck measurement (at the seam where the hood is attached to the cape) is 6 inches plus 1 inch allowing for the closure. The depth of the hood on each side is 2 1/4 inch and the width at the back of the hood is 2 1/2 inch. The shoulder measurement is variable as the cape is beautifully pleated along the neck seam. But as the cape rests flat on a surface, the cape (at where the shoulder would be, measures about 6 inches across the front. The length of the cape itself is about 10 inches.
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