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Cape nomenclature

The Louche

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My father is going to have a cape made for his work as a costumed historical tour guide in historical Annapolis, MD. I was examining the cape he borrowed from a fellow tour guide, and I'm curious about the correct name for the "demi" quarter portion that sits on top of the full cape and covers only the shoulders. Anybody know the correct term for this?

Capes are very cool, BTW. I think I'd like to rock one someday...
 

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Are you on about an Inverness? The kind of thing Rathbone wore over evening dress in the first few Sherlock Holmes films before they were magically transported into the 1940s to figh Nazis.
 

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I always thought this look was great:
Maybe incorporate it when you marry a member of the Royal Family?
 

The Louche

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Damnit, no replies at all, eh?
 

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Yeah, looks like our resident cape experts are all on vacation.

Wouldn't you call it the shawl?
 

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I think its called a mantle but I couldn't find anything to back up my claim.
 

The Louche

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Originally Posted by Sazerac
Yeah, looks like our resident cape experts are all on vacation.

Wouldn't you call it the shawl?


Originally Posted by hikari013
I think its called a mantle but I couldn't find anything to back up my claim.

I think either of these sound plausible. For some reason, however, "mantle" tickles a dusty corner of my brain.
 

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Mantle is a cape that is designed to ward off the cold (like a Overcoat vs Topcoat). I assume by the shoulder cover you mean this?
I have no idea what that is called. It might just be the Collar or something. Those style of Cloaks are Victorian Cloak or Cape IIRC.
 

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^ Yes, this cape has the feature I'm curious about. My father's cape features a much shorter "over-cape/mantle/whatever," however. What is this called??!!??
 

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