This wonderful piece of history is museum quality.
Mid 19th century, American Civil War era lightweight silk cape would have been a mourning garment worn in not so cold weather. It is longer at the front and it has open slits for the arms and is completely hand stitched. It's trimmed all around with a padded piping and the seams are finished with the narrowest of piped edges. The lining is brown. There is no evidence of any closure - it probably once had a hook and eye closure at the neck. Late 1850s-1860s.
Shoulders approx. 38 cm (15")
Length at the back 63 cm (25")
Length at the front 72.5 cm (28.5")
Very good. A few very minor faults if you look hard - a tiny nick in the front edge, a few pin prick sized holes, two pin prick sized white spots, a 3 mm (1/8") hole in the front.