1920s or 1930s Incredible Black Velvet, Cord & Silver Metal Disc Guard Coat
Based on the style of the label inside the coat I am dating this to the 1920s or 1930s but it is conceivable that it could be earlier. It is a remarkable piece and so far, I have been unable to find out more about its origins. Regardless of its history as a guard coat (which we know from the label stating just that inside) it is a dramatic and gorgeous coat that has a strong military feel. It is made from a black cotton velvet that has a deep maroon velvet used to highlight the collar and the waist. An ivory cording has been hand applied in swooping curves over the velvet and the pattern is dramatic and fabulous. It highlights the cut of the jacket and the color pops off the black and red. Mixed into the design that is created by the cording are flat silver metal discs that are attached by hand. These are fairly large and really create a statement against the velvet. The buttons are all original and a matching matte silver metal. It is cut fairly straight through the body with a slight flare at the bottom skirting and the sleeves are cut on a curve to follow the shape of the arm. It is wonderful. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black cotton and in very good antique condition. It buttons to the waist. Some patina to the metal but nothing beyond normal aging. The collar seems to lie slightly off as photoed but this just makes it more unique. This would have been made for a man originally so you should expect it to feel oversized
Slightly dropped shoulders: 16.5"
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.