Hand-embroidered linen coat, c.1910
Hand-embroidered white linen has the enduring appeal of a classic. Linen is the oldest textile in continuous human use, appearing initially in ancient Mid Eastern civilizations (Egypt, Sumeria). It is easy to understand its lasting popularity: linen garments remain crisp, clean, cool, and fresh in the hottest weather.
The wide three-quarter-length sleeves are perfect for summer. They have built-in shoulder pads to support the shape. The coat has a wrap-front closure that closes with crocheted buttons. The lower portion of the center-back panel has open vents. Truly versatile design: you can also wear this beauty as a dress.
The sinuous floral pattern of padded satin stitch and seeding is superbly executed in cotton floss. The charming floral motif on the skirt, sleeves, and back is like a musical theme with variations. It tells us the owner belongs to the aristocracy of style, a special cadre of fashion initiates whose smart attire always attracts admiring glances.
A well tailored linen coat is a fashion icon that never goes out of style. This one could have been worn by Meryl Streep in the 1985 hit film Out of Africa. In 1910, when your wealthy beau picked you up in his Hupmobile Open Touring Roadster, this was the coat to wear. It is just as stylish today as in 1910.
The condition is almost excellent. I found one tiny mend that is barely visible. It does not detract from the appearance
It measures (closed): 38" bust, 32" waist, 42" hip, 15" from sleeve cap to sleeve cap, 18" sleeve length, and 46" from shoulder to hem.