Cape of light green silk satin lined with white satin. Trimmed with bands of wool and silk thread embroidery in blue, green, and light brown at neckline and top edge. Two large ornamental gold colored buttons with black and white design of birds and tree branches. Green silk frog attached to one of the buttons. Green silk tassel trim at back.
Worn by Mrs. Benjamin Carpenter, née Helen Graham Fairbanks.
Liberty & Co. opened its doors in 1875 to sell household items, fabrics, and art objects from Japan and the Far East. Through their fabric supply, the store began selling items of dress often associated with the dress reform movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Liberty is still known for its attention to cutting-edge fashion.