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Questions about Liberty cape’s age

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Robin Pitcairn, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. Robin Pitcairn

    Robin Pitcairn Registered Guest

    Hello,
    I have a black Liberty and Co cape with gold lining. It is in rough shape but I am wondering if anyone has an idea of its’ age? I have very minimal knowledge of vintage items, but have developed a recent interest from visiting vintage shops with my daughters.
    I was hoping to fix it up, but being more than just a straight seam repair, it is too complicated for me!
    Thank you for any info anyone may have on this cape.
    Robin
     

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  2. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    Hi Robin -

    Welcome to the VFG Forum. Thank you for posting about your cape. I checked our Label Resource (accessible from our homepage). We do not have your label but we have a very long and thorough entry on Liberty of London:


    https://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/liberty/

    The Paris branch was opened in 1890 and closed in 1932 - so that narrows it down a little. I am not an expert on this era. I "think" the cape might be early 20C Edwardian era. I am sure that someone who knows will let us know - and will also be able to help you with restoration.
     
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  3. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    That is a nice find. If you could put it on a dress form or person, that will help a bit in dating it. Hard to see much about the shape or length with it laying flat. The fabric looks to be a silk faille with a moire' treatment. That might help in dating when you research it. My guess is also early 20th century, Edwardian to post Edwardian.
     
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  4. Robin Pitcairn

    Robin Pitcairn Registered Guest

    Thank you for the information. I had no idea it was that old. I will continue to research and try to find a picture of what it looked like originally so I can hopefully fix it up! Or maybe I will ask our local vintage shop if they do restorations. Thank you again!
    Robin
     
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  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Their styles were often historically inspired - we have a black moire evening gown in the collection by Liberty of London that dates from about 1909 but its in a Medieval style. I suspect your cape is around the same time.
     
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