The thing that keeps collecting old clothes interesting is that there is always something new that one has never seen before. This stole is a good example. The textile is a printed velvet, and the print looks like it is from the 1920s. The problem is, I’ve never seen nor heard of evening stoles being used in the 1920s. The black reverse side is a deep, plush velvet as well.
I’m still not sure what to make of this piece, and would appreciate any and all opinions and insights. The tie you can see actually wraps around a button, which is wood covered in the black velvet.
I generally don’t acquire things of this nature, but I loved the print and truthfully, the price was too good to turn down. And I’m always up for a good mystery!
UPDATE: A good friend sent a French fashion illustration dated 1920 that shows a similar stole being worn as part of a cloak. The patterned fabric IS the lining, as most of the commenters suggested. Thanks to Lynne for coming through once again!