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1890s Antique Victorian Sheer Black Lace Beaded Capelet
Bewitching late 1890s Victorian mourning capelet constructed of a black silk collar and otherworldly sheer chantilly lace, featuring jet beading on the collar and dripping down the back. What an absolutely astounding garment, so high fashion and so rare to see still all in one piece! This rare beauty is in as-is condition, but would be a wonderful addition to any collection. Lace sheer and unlined, collar fully lined, hook & eye closure at collar.
MEASUREMENTS: (taken with garment lying flat; bust, waist & hips doubled for your convenience) →collar: 14 inches →shoulder to shoulder: up to 16 inches →length: 24 inches
ESTIMATED SIZE: X-Small to Medium; open but delicate, so best to leave room on this piece for gentle wear or for your display form.
CONDITION: Fair antique condition. There's wear, discoloration and some shredding to the outer of the silk collar, but the lining is in great condition -- may have been replaced at some point. There's some minor missing and loose beading, but it doesn't jump out when worn. Most importantly, there are numerous tears to the lace. I've repaired some, whoever owned it before me made some attempts. The issue is that the lace is so dry, particularly one one side, that it can't hold the repairs. I recommend either displaying this piece or having a seamstress secure the lace onto a new lining -- perhaps a sheer chiffon that still shows off the diaphanous nature of this piece. Worn as-is is likely to cause further tearing and worsen what already exists. This is a special, lovely piece priced accordingly. Please keep in mind this is a vintage garment, which means minor signs of wear are to be expected. Any significant flaws are always noted in the description. All garments are mended, cleaned and ready to wear unless otherwise noted.
MORE INFORMATION: No maker or contents labels. Appears to be made of silk, cotton and glass beading.
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