Cape

Object Number: 
1960.22c
Date: 
1941
Medium: 
Wool, plastic, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 24 x 52 in. ( 7.6 x 61 x 132.1 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: on label inside back: "THE SEAL OF / GOOD SERVICE / KS / Kassan-Stein / WASHINGTON D.C."
Description: 
Dark blue or black wool evening Air Force cape; closed double collar of black velvet, with one hook and eye and wool fabric across the neck which buttons on either side; frog fastener from shoulder to shoulder; cape lined with sky blue wool, collar lined with black satin.
Gallery Label: 
This Air Force cape was worn by Colonel Stedman Shumway Hanks of New York during World War II; the Society owns the complete uniform. According to Col. Hanks, this uniform was not regulation issue in 1960 when it was donated. It was, however, required evening dress when the U.S.A.F. became a separate department of the War Department. It was required only for official receptions such as those at the White House and when military dignitaries held special meetings with foreign representatives.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Stedman Shumway Hanks
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group