A B.Altman & Company cape, circa 1922

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Constructed in black silk velvet, ivory silk velvet and soft, supple white ermine, this extraordinary cape is of a style that is always relevant. Graduated in shape and detailing layer upon layer on sumptuous velvet, the cape features luxurious bell sleeves and an evocative, oversized ermine collar that exudes pure 1920s Gatsby elegance.

B. Altman & Co. began as a family-run store in Manhattan, becoming solely owned by Benjamin Altman in 1865. By 1906, Altman's had expanded into a luxurious, block-long department store which opened on Fifth Avenue and offered its clientele both ready to wear and custom made clothing crafted from a huge selection of fine imported fabrics.

Details

  • Designer
    Unknown
  • Brand
    B.Altman & Company
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    20th Century
  • Condition
    Excellent. The cape has no obvious marks, tears nor any alterations. There is a small mark to the inside of one sleeve, which is hidden in the lining and only visible upon thorough inspection.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Shoulder to Hem
    50.98 in. (130 cm)
  • Dealer Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU724228068
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