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I hope I have enough room to describe all the bells and whistles on this piece. This Victorian creation is made of 19th C antique silk striped velvet and is a luscious shade of cobalt blue. It is adorned with so many wonderful period pieces including 2 amazing metallic bullion and chenille tassels dating to 1910s. Behind the tassels are Blue and gold soutache appliques that match the fabulous appliqued tassel that is featured on the bustle of the coat. That dates to the late 1890's and is all orignal and French. Passementerie bobbles hang from the large back tassle. The cut is the best thing about this piece. The original boning was removed for comfort but we were able to maintain the original cut waist which is comparable to a tailored tuxedo with tales. It is so beautiful in person. In addition we also located the original label from the stay company which has the name and date of 1891. This is sewn into the restored inner lining which also hides a coin pocket original to the Victorian dress coat. Next is the period lapelle which was backed and trimmed with antique metallic gold lace. The neckline is also trimmed with a metallic 20's lace with a woven blue silk thread that picks up the blue in the velvet. Vintage tulle netting has been hand dyed and layered into the bottom part of the coat. This adds fullness,flaire and a big wow factor. The work that went into this let alone the specialness of all the rare antique details really makes it in a class all it's own. Due to the age of the piece the size is limited to a 2 or maybe a 4 if you have a narrow back. The back has also been reinforced so that it can be worn without fear of tearing. Close up photos will be available upon request. Due to the value of this piece it is a final sale. The photos show the coat vest over an antique lace tabard. There is no actual close on the front bodice. It was designed to be open. Lots of hours and time went into this amazing creation and it is truly one of a kind. This is on hold please do not purchase.