This is an exceptional museum quality Victorian ladies’ beaded silk capelet jacket from the mid-1800s, formerly in the collection of Miss Cora Jane “Jenny” Flood, of San Francisco. This lovely jacket is in mint condition with no rips, fading, tears or stains, and with all beadwork and lace intact. It is in truly in exceptional condition. There is layered lace and beadwork on the cuffs as well as the front and back. The jacket’s sleeves join with the capelet back. The color is a cinnamon bronze silk with bronze colored lace and coppery bronze steel-cut beads. It is completely lined in a deep brick colored silk with a self-tie at the waist to hold the jacket in place. Of course, this jacket is completely handmade with hand ruching that conceals the front closures.
Cora Jane ‘Jenny” Flood was born on September 7, 1855 and moved into the Flood Mansion owned by her brother, James Leary Flood, in 1915. Their father, Jim Flood, made his fortune in mining. After Jenny’s arrival, the mansion became informally known as the Jenny Flood Mansion. In 1924, it was deeded to the University of California, at which time Jenny took an apartment in The Fairmont Hotel where she lived until her death in 1928. She never married, although there were stories of a brief courtship with the son of President Ulysses S. Grant. This remarkable jacket was acquired from a sale held at the property during the 1970s. It has been in our collection until now. In today’s sizing it fits a size 4. It is in such amazing condition that it is hard to believe that it is over 150 years old.
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