An original British nurse's cape dating from the 1960s and in good condition.
This style of cape was worn by various nursing services during both World Wars and through until the 1970s and early 1980s. The red lining may suggest that it was intended to be worn by a member of the British Red Cross. The cape is a 'corridor' style cape and is therefore a short length which finishes below the hips. It is made from a dark navy blue coloured serge wool and features a red lining, again made from wool. Two straps which are made from the same material as the lining are present and are worn crossed over the front of the wearer's body. These fasten with a single, plastic button and the front of the cape can also be fastened with two plastic buttons.
There is a size label present to the neck as well as a hanging loop. The label reads '36' which refers to the bust size and is typical in design of those found on clothing made during the 1960s.
The cape is in good condition with some signs of wear and age. Overall it is very wearable but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
These capes were worn for many decades making them a classic piece!