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Object ID # 1957.015.008
Object Name Cape
Title Soutache-Decorated Shoulder Cape
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1910
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Woman's black braid-trimmed, brown woollen shoulder cape with black and dark green soutache (applied braidwork) over the entire exterior surface. It has soft fur? around the collar, which lies flat and ten heavy metal hook and eye closures. The cape is lined with brown satin. There are two pockets (also satin) on the interior, one on each corner of the cape which have gathered edges.
See RELATED (1957.015.009ab) for two detachable brown wool sleeves that were used with it.
Provenance The soutache work suggests a date of pre-1900.

Last owned by Jacqueline E. Kennedy of Owen Sound, Grey County at the time of the donation in 1957. She did not provide information about who wore this garment.

Jacqueline Kennedy was likely of the D. J. Kennedy family of Owen Sound, as her 1957 address is the same as that of Mrs. D. J. Kennedy in the 1946 Owen Sound telephone directory: 854 2nd Ave. West. D. J. Kennedy is listed at the same address in 1917, so the family lived there a long time.
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Wool/Satin/Dye/Metal
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Search Terms Victorian
soutache
Function Worn by a woman over her dress or blouse for warmth.