1920s Rare Assuit & Net Silver Flapper Coat

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This is a spectacular, all original 1920s Assuit Flapper coat. The technique used to make this has been done for a very very long time and is still done today but not to the same degree and quality of the pieces done in the twenties. You will often see shawls from this period and the occasional dress, but to find a coat, original from the period is almost unheard of! And it is not a coat assembled from a shawl - many of the "original" assuit garments you may see are actually later creations assembled from vintage shawls. Actual, original, purposefully made garments are much rarer and harder to find. This one is all classic flapper - one side has a long scarf like attachment that you can tuck behind the button for an extra drape, leave it at the front as I have here, or drape it around your neck. The exterior is a fine cotton mesh with squares of real silver hammered and folded into the mesh - in essence the metal is wrapped around the mesh to form that fantastic design. The main body of the piece is is literally covered with these little silver squares and the back is a solid panel silver covered mesh-work! It is lined in a cream tissue silk. It is a thing of beauty and a wonderful example of the level of craftsmanship and care put into garments during this time period.

Shoulders: 15" from seam to seam
Sleeves: 22" from shoulder seam to longest point
Bust: 20" flat across the inside back from side seam to side seam and continuing to bottom hem
Total length: 40" from mid-back to bottom hem

The garment is fully lined in cream tissue silk and closes with a single button located on the hip. There are small areas of oxidation here and there but I do not consider these to be a flaw - its a natural evolution of the material used. The inside is clean and the silk strong. A break on the netting covering the button as photoed. There are no real outstanding flaws to note. Please remember that pieces of this age will have a natural patina and should not be expected to be absolutely perfect (though this is close)! It is after all almost 100 years old!

Note that antique and twenties pieces are final sale. They will be packed exceedingly well and we only sell pieces that will stand up to the stress of shipping, however, having pieces potentially shipped multiple times through multiple customs and countries is too hard on garments that are historically important and deserve to be treated with love and care. Please purchase accordingly.

Modern size equivalent: XS-SML (4-8)

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent.
  • Marked Size
    XS-SML (4-8) (US)
  • Dealer Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    AU1205281281005
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