1907-1909 Black Wool Coat
Black wool coat cut in princess style with notched lapels and velvet collar. Two piece sleeves with slight gathering at sleeve cap; 2 1/2" self fabric covered button detail at sleeve edge. Princess seaming is covered with 1/2" wide appliqued strip of self fabric and another strip applied vertically inside princess seam on front and back of coat. Center front closure of seven 1" black sew through buttons and machine button holes. Coat back has pleated vent embellished with applique strip and four 1" self covered buttons on either side of center back. Upper half and sleeves lined in black satin.
This coat belonged to Blanche Rogers (nee Hickerson), who was born in 1890 and lived in Newark, Ohio. Blanche was one of seven children and purchased this coat between 1907-1909. She married Stanley Rogers in 1910 so it may have been purchased in preparation for her trousseau. The Wooltex brand of coat was sold exclusively by the H. Black Company in Cleveland, Ohio. H. Black had advertisements in Lady's Home Journal as well as newspapers throughout the country.
“1907-1909 Black Wool Coat,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed January 23, 2019, https://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/4980.