Appliquéd wool coat, c.1916
This fabulous graphic coat has everything you could want for an eye catching statement except perfect condition. The bodice and sleeve sections of the lining are shredded and need to be replaced to make the coat wearable. It displays beautifully as is.
The coat is fashioned from fine cranberry melton wool. The black marabou collar and cuffs and black appliqué trim add striking graphic contrast.
The coat is straighter in front. The bodice is embellished with black taffeta appliqués outlined with black corded trim. I love the Chinese style fretwork pattern of the appliqués. The high waisted back, which fits smoothly across the shoulder blades, tops a flared full skirt. The coat closes in front with hooks.
The condition is very good. The lining issue is reflected in the price. When restored, this beauty will be worth $600-$700 retail.
It measures: 38" bust, 15" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 22" sleeve length, and 46" from shoulder to hem.