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Women's black velvet and ermine cape from the 1930s


This woman's black velvet and ermine cape is comprised of a straight tube of black velvet that is a below- knee-length. It is lined with white satin in a rice-paper pattern. The cape has armholes at shoulders, and a wide shawl collar of white ermine. It dips down in back to below waist length, and a band of ermine runs down the front to the hem. The collar is lined with black satin, and the velvet inner-lined with white wool. The cape is without fastenings though they may have been removed. Label: Pack-Wolin. Worn by donor in early 1930s about the time of her debut. Donor is daughter of Eleanor Ford Torrey, and granddaughter of Emory Low Ford.

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