Authentic Victorian Cape - Antique 1890s Black Silk Capelet with Jet Beading, Sequins, and Chiffon Ruffles - 1900s Edwardian - Neck 16

$ 189.99

Authentic antique cape from the turn of the century! This late Victorian capelet is a picturesque design in silk satin with a tall chiffon ruff at the neckline, above an artful forked collar of beaded & beribboned finery. The cropped-length cape has deeply pleated satin ribbon bands at the closure, and matching poufs of chiffon ruffles around the broad curved hem. It's lined in a gorgeous pattern of crescent moons chartreuse brocade. Made in the late 1890s or early 1900s.

Ladies' Size

Over Bust approx 46 to 48 Inches (measured around the chest and upper arms), Neck Circumference 16, Neck to Hem 16 Inches


None, made either at home or by a dressmaker, exquisitely done

Black silk satin, jet black beadwork, flat round black sequins, soft brown-black silk satin ribbon, black sheer crinkle silk chiffon with self satin selvedges, chartreuse and black silk brocade lining with crescent moons and feather-like patterning

Hook/eye at center front neck


Condition Detail
Beautiful inside and out, the silk satin ribbon at front closure is a "soft" black that looks brownish in places, a few hints of abrasion at last few inches of ribbon, and a 1/4-inch abraded scuff at right front torso, beginning of two threadbare spots near the closure, has two "eyes" at interior of collar that indicate another item was once affixed here, otherwise pristine

Washing Instructions
Dry clean if necessary by a cleaner experienced with antique clothing

Please note: All measurements (bust - waist - hip) are the maximum body measurements that will fit the item. These measurements already have ease subtracted and they are not actual fabric widths. To get actual fabric widths add two inches at the bust - one inch at the waist and two inches at the hip.

Size listed is a modern size. Any available vintage size is noted in the Label description. Please remember vintage sizes and modern sizes can vary a great deal.

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