I am sure that most of you are aware of the existence of a pelisse which may have been the property of Jane Austen and is now in the care of the Hampshire Museums Service.

pellise “Jane Austen’s Pelisse” ©Hampshire Country Council

This rather beautiful article of clothing, with its very appropriate decoration for Jane Austen of oak leaves, has recently been the subject of intensive study by Hilary Davidson of the University of Southampton. She has written an article about it, entitled Reconstructing Jane Austen’s Silk Pelisse, 1812-14. This is the first ever intensive study of the coat, and I would love to be able to read it. Here is her summary of what the article has to say:

This article explores the physical qualities and historical contexts of the silk pelisse coat dated c. 1812–1814 associated with Jane Austen (1775–1817) through family provenance and now held by…

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