- Item 105503 - Watered silk cape, ca. 1865
- Contributed by Maine Historical Society
- Item 105503
- 2174px x 4441px - 7.2"w x 14.8"h @ 300dpi | Need a larger size?
- *Credit line must read: Collections of Maine Historical Society
In the mid-nineteenth century, wide crinolines (full skirts) restricted outerwear to wraps, shawls, capes, and easy fitting garments, such as this black and brown silk tassel-trimmed cape. The wide tasseled collar forms a shawl or shoulder cape effect. Several additional visual elements contribute to the cape's interesting appearance. The wave-like pattern in the silk, known as watered silk, provide one detail; while the black and brown ombré effect mimics a striped pattern.Show Details