The 200 Year Old House
Georgian Hand Embroidered Sprigged Silk Satin Christening Cape
REF: 2CYH/25 / LA225164
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This has once been a very beautiful textile, but could do with some professional cleaning and conservation. Nevertheless, it is an extraordinary survival - a 200 year old hand embroidered sprigged 'christening cape' with two layers, in cream silk satin trimmed with blue . The underneath part is 35 inches long, with the shorter overcape measuring 25 inches. There is a collar and edging in blue, which I thought at first was quilted, but it is more like a kind of decorative goffering. The inside is lined with what feels like fine canvas (you can see it in one of the pictures) I have photographed some of the flowers in close up - all amazingly lifelike, including little pinks, violas, forget-me-nots and rose buds that seem to recall the embroideries of an older time. I bought it many years ago, as a research piece, and it features in my novel The Physic Garden, the cover of which you can see in the last picture. But I think the time has come to find a new home for it - somewhere it can be properly conserved. I consulted the Burrell in Glasgow about it when I first bought it, and they dated it to late regency. I'll enclose a signed copy of the book with the cape!
The 200 Year Old House has clarified that the Georgian Hand Embroidered Sprigged Silk Satin Christening Cape (LA225164) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1820
It is nicely intact, but as you might expect, badly discoloured, especially the inner lining, which is worse than the picture shows. There are stains and marks - I suspect it was worn for various christenings, and of course babies can be somewhat unpredictable. Nevertheless, the embroidery is still absolutely beautiful and the colours are very vivid.
Courier and insurance within the UK will cost £15. I can ship this to the USA and Canada with UPS, but please enquire for price.