I found this cape, and decided that I had to share it for two reasons, one because prior to the 20th century, capes were a far more often chosen outerwear style than after 1900. There are two reasons for this, really. The first is that women were finally doing more active things, and as dramatic as a cape may be it does not really help active pursuits. The second reason is that even during the day women's clothing was often enormously complex in terms of its decoration. So stuffing arms laden with abundant trimmings into coat sleeves was both time consuming, and potentially damaging.