Chas A. Stevens & Bro. Edwardian women's suit coat
This afternoon I took 605 shop photos, though I don't much dig working on Saturday afternoons...but I did have the pleasure of shooting a whole bunch of Pendleton coat coats, some super awesome sweaters, a smattering of party dresses and then...this jacket. This authentic Edwardian wool suit jacket, I'd date it around 1914. How am I supposed to part with this? Impossible. Especially since my nights have been filled with season 2 of Downton Abbey.
This coat was actually a gift to me from my friend Madeline, about 4 years ago and I because it's a big too big for me I just had it hanging with the rest of my coats. But I recently had it dry cleaned and the thing has come into a glory all it's own, might I just say. The tag! The tag! I have ONE other garment with this tag, a ecru lace and silk dressing gown, pre-1920s. Chas A. Stevens & Bros or The House of Stevens was a shop in Chicago where fine Chicagoans had garments made at the turn of the century (and before).
Below are some ads from the store.