Large hand embroidered
Victorian cape c1890. Embroidered in the same style as the antique piano
shawls of the same era in a creamy colored white silk. The top center
contours into a soft "V" shape and measures 90 inches across (this
includes 8 inches of macrame and tassels at each side). The center to
bottom measures 47 inches (including 8 inches of macrame and tassels).
Most of these capes were made with 2 medallions in the back, this one is
the exception with 3 medallions joined by intertwined strings. The
bottom medallion adorned with three elaborate tassels. The front closes
with two strings that end in a three pronged tassel, each string and
tassel 25 inches in length. The condition is very good with some
reinforcement of the stitching both by modern machine and hand to
reinforce threads that had given. A couple of very minor light stains
one needs to look for to find.
Hand embroidered large cape shawl c1900 in crepe silk, with Chinese characters embroidered in the fabric, possibly a signature or description of the textile. The cut of the textile is straight across the
top and the center back is short and ending in an open bottom reverted
"V". Measures 123 inches across (includes 10½ inches of macrame and fringe). The
center back to bottom where
the corners of the "V" meet measure 22 inches. If measured to the
bottom of the tassel fringe would measure 35 inches. The cape closes
with four strings (two on each front side). Each string measures 15
long, including the elaborate tassel at the bottom that measures 5
inches in length. The
shawl or cape is further adorned with two stringed tassels in the back.
These two tassels would have added a nice finishing touch as they
rested over a late bustle skirt in the Victorian era.
Very good and wearable condition with 3
fringe tassels that are lightly stained, a tiny hole slightly bigger than a pin
hole and a few very small age discolorations one needs to carefully
look for to find.