My area of collecting (and knowledge) pretty much starts around 1915, and anything earlier is just a mystery to me. That doesn’t mean that I don’t take the time to look at and examine the odd piece of antique clothing that might show up in my local antique malls. You just never know when there might be a Worth label or something insane like that sewn inside.
Well, unfortunately, the label was not Worth, but there was a label, which you don’t always see in antique clothing. This one reads “Allemus, Philadelphia, Pa.” I’ve come up empty in a search for this store or maker, although there were quite a few people with the Allemus surname living in Philadelphia in the late 1880s.
But I thought the jacket and its details made it interesting enough to show here. It was a combination of cotton velvet and a plain weave wool. The cording was applied in an intricate pattern. The inside was lined in an off-white silk that was completely shattered. In fact, there were bits of silk on the floor below where the jacket was hanging.
In the late 1960s and early 70s when some crazy kids were starting to become interested in wearing old clothes, this would have been a real prize. Today I can see it as part of a Steampunk ensemble.
There were only two unfortunate holes on one sleeve.
This looks like a very labor (and time) intensive button to me.
This was priced at $10, which I thought was a real bargain. But I wasn’t tempted. I’ve learned how to say no to all kinds of lonely old clothes hanging forlornly on wire hangers in antique malls. It has taken years for me to get to the place where I can actually say that!