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Help ID Antique Chinese Jackets

Posted by cameronalbert (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 12, 10 at 13:54

Recently went through my grandmother's closet after she passed away and found some beautiful Chinese silk jackets. They are from, at least, the late 1800s or early 1900s. Everything is hand stiched, hand embroidered, etc.

Photos are here:

She had stories about how she'd worn it to a party before and people had stopped her, demanding to know where she'd gotten such a robe. She was a baby in China and travled to China extensively.

I am very sure that these are authentic but I am just wondering if anyone else knows what they might be worth or where they might be from. We have considered donating these to a Chinese or Textile museum if they would want them. Please let me know what you think.

Thank you everybody.

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RE: Help ID Antique Chinese Jackets

I've linked to a group who might help. Google around, you can probably find other experts.

Here is a link that might be useful: Textile Museum Associates of Southern California

RE: Help ID Antique Chinese Jackets

Very beautiful....sorry I don't know any more than that they are wonderful!
Linda C

Here is a link that might be useful: link to pictures of jackets

RE: Help ID Antique Chinese Jackets

Those are lovely, but the condition of the fabric and certain details of the embroidery lead me to suspect they're significantly more recent -- maybe 1940's to as recent as the 1960's even.

I have an old Chinese robe that my father's great aunt brought back from China in the 1920's. Family lore has it as being much older, but I understand robes were made in the old style (for tourists, but beautifully handmade) well beyond their periods of historical authenticity. I've done some research into it (hoping for a treasure), but the value seems to be more sentimental than monetary.

Front of Robe
Back of Robe

RE: Help ID Antique Chinese Jackets

The cream one with the tie collar is not a Chinese style, it's a local version of a European style. Find out when that neckline and tie front was popular and you have it dated. Beautifully embroidered piece, looks like Suzy Wong would have worn it.

The blue jacket is typical of a Chinese woman's jacket - those made for the tourist trade tend to have fully embroidered sleeve bands instead of plain fronts.

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