Women's cape

Collection Type

  • Clothing and accessories


ca. 1800




Wool red riding hood cape with an attached hood and a separate matching hood. The circular cape has a double line of white stitching on the bottom hem. Near the front opening, extra fabric was sewn on to complete the curved edge. Both edges of the opening are trimmed with fine red cord. There are two inner flaps just below the neckline with three brown thread buttons on the right side and three button holes on the left side. At the top of the neckline is a hook and eye closure. The attached hood has a white silk lining and the hem is sewn in with white thread. There are pleats sewn in around the outer edge of the hood. A band of white cord was sewn around the opening of the hood outside of the seam and meets at the top of the hood in a knotted mass of cord from which two long cords ending in tassels hang down. The back has a center vertical seam with brown thread. The top of the neck back has two sections of shirring on either side giving the shoulders fullness. The back of the hood has a circular gather with a small hole in the center.Unattached hood: Outside of the red wool hood is trimmed with brown lace around outer edge and across back of neck. The back of the hood has a circular gather with a hole at the center. There are two flaps of wool with scalloped edges around the bottom of the neckline. The lower layer can be tucked into cape and the outer layer, which is lined in an iridescent brown and pink silk stays on the outside of the cape. Both flaps have a thin red cord for a border. The inside is lined with some iridescent silk. It has a hook and eye closure at the bottom corners. A smaller flap is attached around the neck and to the inner of the two larger flaps.


Descriptive Terms

capes (outerwear)
wool (textile)
lace (needlework)
silk (textile)


"This red riding hood cape was / bought by Grandmother / Duncan about 1800 & she gave / it to her son James. My mother / gave it to me. I shall give it / to my son James Duncan Phillips / & then I wish it to go to my / Grandson Sthephen and if no / descendants to him emerges. / Margaret D. Phillips." (handwritten note included with cape)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number





87 13/16 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number