The late 19th century was a heyday for impressive mustaches, but it presented various challenges for mustachioed tea lovers. The heat of the drink melted the mustache wax, making its corners droop. Mustaches, and their owners, were literally getting into hot water. The solution to this problem arrived in the form of the mustache cup. #victorian#edwardian#gentleman#moustache#cupoftea#teatime#cabinetdecuriosites
I’ve recently acquired this beautiful beaded capelet and I’m trying to figure out when it dates to. The woman I got it from thought it was Victorian, however, I don’t think it’s quite that old. I have found examples of these beaded capes ranging from 1880-1920s. This one has plastic sequins down the right side front, so the oldest those could be is early 1950s, although they could have been added later. The collar is a grosgrain ribbon with a band of silk on the outside, and a cotton tulle ruffle on the top, and the beads are glass. The collar is the most damaged on the inside, as you can see in the last picture. I think there are also some strands missing from the left front side, but other than that it’s in amazing condition if it is from the 1920s or earlier.
If anyone has suggestions on where to research this further, I’d love to hear them! I hope to repair the damage and have it as a display piece that I can wear on special occasions.
Side note: I’m on a bit of a costume making hiatus until I finish the show I’m working on (sigh) I hope to start something new in February