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Our outerwear department features Vintage Coats, Jackets, Capes from the Victorian Era to the 70s.

1950s Vintage Red Velvet Evening Cape with Ermine Collar

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1950s Vintage Red Velvet Evening Cape with Ermine Collar

Now this is a perfect Christmas party cover up. If you have a sleigh you are really set. It’s a deep red rayon velvet cape without arm slits and a 3 button closure with 2 hidden under the collar. There are a series of pointed yokes around the neckline. The very full body is set onto these. The velvet collar is quite soft and is held out to shape by the ermine collar. The cape is lined in heavy white satin. The buttons and loops are both matching velvet.

Label - none

Size: Shoulders: 15"-16", CB Neck to Hem: 47.5", Hem Sweep: 134"

Condition: There is a repair under the right front fur collar, I pulled back the collar so you can see it, but then tacked the collar back down so it’s covered. The top button is missing fabric as shown. Again these top two button are not seen when the cape is fastened, but you could replace all three with jeweled buttons or large pearl buttons, and it would look great. The top loop has wear. The lining has tan spots throughout as shown.

Price: $120
1900s Edwardian Apricot Silk Satin Opera Coat by E. O’Donovan

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1900s Edwardian Apricot Silk Satin Opera Coat by E. O’Donovan SZ M - L

This grand 1907-08 ( Thank you VFG members for the date) opera or evening wrap has tons of apricot silk charmeuse fabric, cut in almost a circle, and so full it falls in swags at the sides. It has all the drama and detail one would expect from a fine NY made garment of the era. The front has 10 cream frogs done up in cream cord, satin and soutache. The collar and cuffs are done in fur and lace with more cord work, while the sleeves have more frogs as do the shoulders. From the front neck hangs a cascade of passementerie and fabric rosette. The coat is lined in cream silk satin.
E. O’Donovan was located at 37 W. 36th St, New York. I have had one other dress from this maker, and it was a fantastic Russian lace dress, c. 1902-04. She was in business from at least 1889 (The Metropolitan has an 1889 - 1890 wedding dress), and references for her show up from the 1890s until her death in 1920. Her early labels read Madame O’Donovan. In 1908, she did the trousseau for Kitty Elkins, daughter of senator Stephen Benton Elkins, who was engaged to the Duke of Abruzzi, but the marriage didn’t happen In 1909 she was briefly located at 634 5th Ave, or had a second location there. The last address I can find for her is in the 1920 Fairchild’s at 6 W. 48th St.

Label: E. O’Donovan & Co. New York

Size: Bust: 50", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 20", Neck to Hem Front: 45.5, Back: 53". Hem Sweep of lining: 108"

Condition: No holes. There is grey discoloration as shown on the left front, back shoulders, a drip mark near the hem as shown and a sense of light soiling throughout. The lining is intact except at the neck and shoulder where there are losses as shown and a split along the hem fold at the CB.

Price: $785
1950s White Silk Faille Cape-Stole Wrap by Pauline Trigere

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1950s White Silk Faille Cape-Stole Wrap by Pauline Trigere SZ S-M

It’s hard to date, but I am coming down in the 1950s for this pieces. It’s a front closing evening wrap in the pelerine form (a short cape with extended fronts) from Pauline Trigere, with the kind of interesting cutting she was known for. I am told these were called cape-stole s in the 1950s. The top capelet and collar are all one piece of fabric, just shaped with double darts at the shoulder as shown. The front skirts are gently gathered on at the waist seam, with a narrow inset that extends to from the back waist belt. This has a hook closure at the back. The collar and front facing are the same faille, while the rest is lined in white. There are hooks to close at the front waist.

Label: Pauline Trigeré

Size: Bust: free, Waist: 29", Shoulders: approx. 15", Shoulder to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 25".

Condition: Excellent.

Price: $195
Hong Kong Made 1970s Copper Coat Dress with Beaded Collar and Cuffs

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Hong Kong Made 1970s Copper Coat Dress with Beaded Collar & Cuffs SZ S

This 1970s wrap front coat dress in copper alaskine has great luster and a bead encrusted collar. It has an A-line silhouette, with flared hem and high button and loop closure. It’s very fitted with princess seaming and has a deep overlap. The notched collar and cuffs are heavily beaded with glass bead and rhinestones in copper, gold, rust. The wrists close with metal zippers. It is fully lined and there are pockets set in the side front seams.

Label: Jean Lutece Custom Tailored in Hong Kong

Size: Bust: 37", Waist: 28", Hips: 42", Shoulders: 15",Sleeves: 21.75", CB Neck to Waist: 15.5",CB Neck to Hem: 37.5", Hem Sweep: 54".

Condition: Very Good, with one spot on the right side back as shown, and the lining has had matching crescents added to cover wear to underarms. This does not show when worn, of course.

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Vintage 1950s Blue Boucle Wool Vintage Jacket

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Vintage 1950s Blue Boucle Wool Vintage Jacket SZ S/M

This 1950s blue and charcoal grey boucle wool jacket has a great easy fit and bell sleeves with cuffs. The lapels are wide and there are shaped standing welt pockets. The buttons are dark mother-of-pearl. The lining is a peach taffeta. Silverman’s was a mid-town department store in Louisville in at least the 50s and 60s.

Labels: Helene Junior New York and Silverman’s Park Blvd Louisville
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Size: Bust: 41", Waist: 40", High Hip: 42", Shoulders: 14", Sleeves: 25", CB to Hem: 24.5"

Condition: Excellent, no holes, stains. There is one missing button at the very top. Fortunately the collar rolls low enough this is not obvious at all.

Price: $55
1950s Cinnamon Brown Wool Jacket with Fur Collar by Givenchy

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1950s Cinnamon Brown Wool Jacket with Fur Collar by Givenchy SZ M

This 1950s jacket by Givenchy is a cinnamon wool in a box silhouette. The main features are the princess line front seams with inseam pockets, the bound buttonholes and the attached fur scarf collar. This is very soft and may be sheared beaver. I assume the Esperanto line was an American made ready -to-wear line designed by Givenchy for the USA market. Dior, Fath and Givenchy all had US lines for the off the rack market in the 50s. This jacket is lined in a matching crepe de chine.

Labels: Esperanto Designed by Hubert de Givenchy, National Recovery Board and Rich’s Atlanta

Size: Bust: 41", Waist: 37", High Hips: 37", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 23.5", CB to Hem: 21.5"

Condition: Excellent, no holes, stains.

Price: $125
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1960s Vintage Green Plaid Caped Inverness Coat by Trigere

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1960s Vintage Green Plaid Caped Inverness Coat by Trigére SZ S/M

This early 1960s plaid coat cut on the bias from Pauline Trigére reminds me of her plaid suit for Patricia Neal in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is a wonderful soft blanket wool, faced with forest green solid wool interior and sewn with flat feld seams. A real treat when working on the bias, but Trigere was a master of bias cut. This is an Inverness - there are no sleeves under the shoulder capes, which are set on the should line only - there is no cape across the back. The body has a very swingy cut. The neckline has a small revere collar at the front, and an attached integral scarf as well. Closures are three leather covered buttons and bound buttonholes. Please note, when worn the sleeves of whatever is worn underneath will show.

Label: Pauline Trigere

Size: Bust: 42", Waist: 43",Shoulders: 16", Capes: 23.5", Hips: Free , CB Neck to Hem: 42", Hem Sweep: 81"

Condition: Excellent, no stains, spots or holes.

Price: $275
1940s Vintage Ladies Striped Wool Jacket in Grey and Red

Order #O410
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1940s Vintage Ladies Striped Wool Jacket in Grey and Red SZ S/M

This Miron wool suit jacket has the use of stripes I associate with the high end California design work. The use of the stripes to emphasize the mini peplums and side panels, plus the triple waist tucks, is well done. The waist is nipped all around , there are bound buttonholes, a crepe lining and original buttons. The shoulder are rather padded as befits a 40s jacket.The Marston Company at 548 C Street, San Diego, California was
started around 1878 by George Marston, a successful business owner, and philanthropist (see Balboa Park, Presidio Park and the San Diego History Center) and the department store carried on until 1961 when it was sold.

Labels: The Marston Company Dan Diego, National Recovery Boards, and Miron 100% Virgin Wool styled by Swansdown

Condition: Very Good, with one worn buttonhole as shown. Freshly cleaned, no other spots or holes.

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 29",Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 24", CB Neck to Waist: 16.5", Neck to Hem: 27”

Price: $55
Vintage 1960s Red Wool Dress and Coat Set By Originala

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Vintage 1960s Red Wool Dress and Coat Set By Originala SZ M

This 60s set is from one of the high end makers of the era. And the quality shows in both the design and the construction. Let’s start with the dress. Fully interlined in silk organza and line in red silk, this has top-stitch details, a hand set zipper, a front half belt, inseam pockets on the side front seams, and a deep center front inverted pleat that hangs perfectly. The coat, which is winter weight, has matching buttons, red lining, bound buttonholes, a back half belt, and big patch pockets. These are tricky though - the opening is on the side. The flaps are just for style.

Label: Originala on both pieces, ILGWU 1964 - 74 label, and National Board of the Coat and Suit Industry

Size: Dress: Bust: 38", Waist: 34", Hips: 40", CB Neck to Waist: 15", CB Neck to Hem: 38", Hem circumference: 70”
Coat: Bust: 38", Waist: 36", Hips: 44", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 23.5", CB Neck to Waist: 18", CB Neck to Hem: 40.5".

Condition: Excellent.

Price: $235
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