Scarlet wool cloaks became so popular for rural wear that they could be called traditional wear. A shop in Norwich, in 1785, had scarlet 'cardinals' in stock, costing 10s,12s or 15s for women*
Broadcloth is wool which has been plain woven, fulled, napped and shorn to give a tight dense weave with would have given protection from rain. The cloth was woven so tightly it did not unravel and so there are no turnings to the edges. The huge hood covered the large hairstyles and caps of the period.
The red broadcloth cut shorter and curved at the back, lengthening at the front, a horizontal join seam the large hood with radiating fan type pleating to the back, inside lined with scarlet sik, similar edging to the hood and front of the cloak.
Length at back from under collar 25 in; 64 cm. Length at front 39 in; 1 m
Very good. Front left has a small area of wear, the size of half of pencil end! There are two very small holes to the back and small areas of wear under the hood. There is also some feint discolouration to the back. Ask for photos.
The silk hood tapes for tieing are missing but evidence of them.
A similar shape cloak can be found in Costume Close-Up Linda Baumgarten & John Watson p 50
* Fabric of Society by Jane Tozer & Sarah Levitt p 54.
Price: on request
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