Evening cape of black velvet, full length and circular with fitted shoulders. Narrow black and white silk cord around neck forms ties and ends of cord are finished with large black and white tassels. Black silk lace medallion on either side of front of cape. Lined with black quilted silk.
Worn by Mrs. Abraham (Mary Todd) Lincoln (1818 - 1882), at Ford's Theatre. April 14, 1865, the night the President was assassinated.
Mary Todd Lincoln reportedly wore this velvet cape to Ford's Theatre on the evening her husband was assassinated. She witnessed his death and the brutal attack on Major Rathbone - a terrifying experience that prompted her to give away all articles of clothing associated with the tragic event.