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Photo: Beaded pelerine (a woman's cape - usually of lace or silk, but sometimes made of beads - with pointed ends at the center front, popular in the 19th century). This pelerine dates to ca.1890. Items like this were very fashionable at the time and this item would just have sparkled when worn. In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at http://metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/157903
Black silk and jet pelerine (cape), circa 1890. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Cape (Pelerine) ca. 1890, Medium: jet, silk Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Met Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Dr. Clark Burnham in memory of his wife, Matilda Spelman Burnham, 1934 Acc # 2009.300.3013 This is a nice example of decorative beadwork accessories and garments which were considered high style in the 1880s and 1890s. The pendant points and ball fringe would make a lively, glittering vision in motion, calling attention to the wearer.