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
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU724228068
About The Seller
Address
William Vintage
2 Marylebone Street
London W1G 8JQ
GB
+44 1315101958
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