What a luxurious find for the fashion lady in need of an early piece of outerwear! Perfect for the lucky owner of a large poupee, this piece would be wonderful on one of fashion ladies created for the International Exposition in Paris in 1867. I love how fitted it is, and the cut of the shoulders, which (along with its entirely hand crafted construction and the hook and eye closures down the front,) dates it to the 1860's. Beautifully made with the finest black wool lined in a deliciously flawless aqua silk, it is second to none and absolutely pristine. I have never seen another like it, but am including an image of a cape from the MET Museum Archive above that has been dated to 1855, in which we can see the more exaggerated shoulders. These over-the-top shoulders calmed to a delicate puff by 1860, which we can see here. A wonderful piece of fashion history.
Collar to bottom of point: 9"
Shoulder to shoulder: 10"
Edge of sloped shoulder to bottom: 5"
Condition: Excellent! Not one hole, stain, rip or tear to speak of. Really, if you collect mint items, this is one to grab as there is no compromise here. Truly pristine! Perfect for a doll 26-32" as this caplet has a wide range of sizing options. The model is 28", and she is available in our shop too!
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