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Posted 7 years ago


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I'm not really sure who wore these capes, but apparently early settlers of California did. These capes are on display at The Society of California Pioneers. They don't appear as if they'd be all too comfortable (might get a bit stuffy in the summer time, no?) These must have been worn by the gentry, I would assume. The cape on the left is velvet, lace, silk, beads, and chiffon. The one on the right is more simple--just velvet, beads, and silk. It was donated to the museum by Col. Jacques DeHart, who after some research, I still know absolutely nothing about.

Anyone have any idea what these capes were used for?

From my recent trip to the Society of California Pioneers...

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  1. vintagemad vintagemad, 7 years ago
    I have a few capes, if you have never wore one you should try and find one. I love mine they are very freeing and at the same time snug & safe. Mine are from the 30's or early 40's.
  2. Teri Nash, 6 years ago
    It is a Victorian Capelet. They were in fashion especially from 1880-1900. Mostly they were fur, velvet and lace. The best had elaborate trim.
  3. comptoir-des-dentelles comptoir-des-dentelles, 5 years ago
    As dresses of the 1800's have elaborated trims on shoulders and dress ,capes were the only way to "warmed" in winter .Cashemire shawls were also worn.We have hard to undestand now that women worn layers of shawls ,even in the house .Special very thin shawls were produce in Russia ( orenbourg ) , and they still manufacture them now .Aristocraty wear them under the corset, and the ball dresses other time

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