#7342 $850Wool melton coat, c.1900
Sturdy and durable vintage coats are a great choice for the collector who likes to wear her treasures. This one, which has been relined, is clean and ready to wear. The surplice-style coat closes in front with a large hook.
Made from black melton wool and lined with black satin, the stylish coat has a wide sailor collar and cuffs of black velvet trimmed with braided soutache. I love the long braided tassels that hang from the back corners and front point of the collar.
The coat is fuller in back, falling in graceful folds. The full raglan sleeves and coat back are shaped with decorative seaming detail, which you can appreciate by zooming in to examine it closely: that is the essence of connoisseurship.
With exotic trim motifs, the arresting decorative coat makes a strong statement, especially when worn over a fashion uniform like jeans. You would have to pay $2700-$3000 to find such masterly decoration on a designer coat.
The condition is excellent and wearable. The label was probably lost when the coat was relined.
It measures: 46" bust and waist, 50" hip, about 21" sleeve length, 11" cuff circumference, and 47" from shoulder to front hem.