Grey is an unusual colour for a christening garment, but one that is very much in accord with the Edwardian taste for elegance. This cape is hand-embroidered with flowering rose-like sprays worked in ivory silks, using satin and stem stitches. The two-layered cape had become fashionable for babies during the early 19th century, and was usually white or cream coloured. It replaced the traditional bearing cloth, a shawl of richly coloured fabric, usually in bright colours such as red or blue and lavishly trimmed with lace or braid.


  • Title: Christening cape
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1903/1904
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 97.5 cm centre back below collar
  • Provenance: Given by Joyce Pepler
  • Medium: Wool twill, embroidered with silks and lined with silk

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