Day dress, circa 1910. Black silk (cross between jersey and crepe), slightly elevated waistline. Tunic-style bodice with black embroidered netlace above bust and on lower sleeves. Wide cummerbund at waist that narrows and hooks in back. Two-layer skirt, with under layer being Princess-cut with two deep flounces under it at bottom of lining. Via Ruby Lane Vintage.
Emile Pingat, ca1890. French. Velvet swan mantle. Part 1. "The mantle was inherited from a Miss Kinney of San Francisco in the 1950s when she was approximately 80 years old. Her father, a sea captain who regularly traveled to China to trade, brought the mantle home from Paris on one of his many trips. The arduous voyage was made by sailing around the tip of South America, Cape Horn, before the Panama Canal was opened in 1914."