#1177 $750Beaded velvet mantle, c.1885
This eye catching mantle can be the focal point of your collection. Plush royal blue velvet is the ground for the sparkling, iridescent beading—a regal patina for this magnificent mantle, which will add pizazz to any gown.
The mantle is open and shorter in back to allow room for the centaur-shaped skirts from the final bustle period. The back "tail" is attached to a wide black satin band that closes in front with hooks.
The long straight front and stand-up collar close with concealed hooks. The edges of the mantle are trimmed with pleated black lace. The mantle is lined with matching satin.
The last bustle period in the 1880s was both fascinating and excessive. We are familiar with the derisive comments about the exaggerated centaur shape. Nevertheless, the bustle shape remains one of the most popular with collectors.
The condition is almost excellent. The mantle, which has been gently worn, is all original.
It measures: about 36" bust, 29" waist, 16 1/2" neckline circumference, and 27" center-front length.