Pelerine (Collar or Cape)

Pelerine (Collar or Cape)

c. 1830-1860

Cotton, peacock feathers, guinea fowl feathers?, Gadwalls duck feathers

Overall (display): 78.7 x 63.5 x 22.9 cm (31 x 25 x 9 in.); Overall: 92.7 x 166.4 cm (36 1/2 x 65 1/2 in.)

Gift of the Textile Art Alliance in honor of their 60th Anniversary 1996.14



Experts argue about collars of this type: Did a Great Lakes native artist make it, using as a model an English lady’s pelerine and exotic feathers obtained through trade? Or was the collar created by a European feather worker, perhaps after seeing the spectacular feather capes of native Hawaiian royals who visited England in 1824? There are arguments for both views—and for further research.

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