SCULPTURAL VICTORIAN JACKET WITH HUGE LEG OF MUTTON SLEEVES - XS-S
This is probably the rarest and most exceptional piece I've ever had in the shop. It's just so pretty and despite it's age, still so wearable. And oh boy, the silhouette is just to die for. Black wool fitted Victorian jacket with the most amazing sculptural fit - nipped in waist and skirted hip - the weight of the fabric and the construction holds this shape so beautifully. And add to that the most dramatic leg of mutton sleeves. The jacket is decorated with military inspired braided ribbons and soutache designs - very elaborate - to the front, cuffs and lower back. It has a standing collar with hooks and eyes in the front. The jacket fastens to the front with six covered wooden toggle buttons. Fully lined in black with an internal belted strap embroidered L.M. I immediately thought of Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful when I saw this.
The jacket is not labeled with a size but fits approx a XS-S, as a UK10 (35" bust and 26" waist) I can just fit this but it might be a better fit on someone slightly smaller so I would estimate this to fit a 32-33" bust and 25-26" waist as the fabric is quite thick. Please refer to the measurements for your best fit and please note that you may need to leave a little bit of room for movement depending on desired fit.
13.5" from shoulder to shoulder (but some allowance due to the fullness of the mutton sleeve)
Sleeve: 26.5" from shoulder to cuff
Sleeve: 17" from underarm to cuff
This is in remarkably good condition considering it's age, but as it is over a hundred years old there are naturally some signs of wear:
-Slight wear and loss of pile to the edges of the cuffs. The lining of the cuff is showing a bit of wear around the very edge including a couple of small frays/holes but still holding up well.
-Wool has a slightly bobbled texture, though this is very slight.
-I think this originally had toggle buttons to both sides of the front in a double breasted style, but only one remains of these. You can still see some small signs where the old thread for the buttons was attached. However as all the functional buttons are intact this doesn't actually effect the wear much and with the elaborate braidwork, the missing buttons aren't anything noticeable that detracts. The bottom button is also missing it's fabric cover and has only the threaded cover, but this is also nothing very obvious when worn.
-Lining is holding up very well, the waist band tie is a bit worn where the hooks of the belt strap has been used. There is also a bit of wear/fraying on the inside of the collar, which can't be seen when worn.