Victorian Jet Beaded Mantle
This 19th-century mantle/capelet is incredible - especially the sleeves! They remind me of armor!
The mantle is made from heavy silk, and closes with hook and eye clasps down the entire front. The beading is very heavy, with rows of appliques forming the sleeve caps, and there are many jet glass nailhead beads throughout which add a lot of sparkle. The front hangs down to almost knee-length, and the back of the capelet is a beautiful triangular shape.
The front panels have been pleated at the waist to give it some shape; they hang a bit uneven but it could easily be redone. There are many threadbare areas throughout on the appliques and trim, and several missing nailhead beads, especially down the front. The applique on the back is missing some of its fringe.
Measures 22" across front; 34" long down the front from top of shoulder.