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Jane Austen Silk Scarf

  • $80.00

This pure silk crepe de chine scarf features the oak leaf motif which decorated a silk pelisse (a type of coat-dress or over-garment) worn by Jane Austen in 1814. Interspersed among the design are titles of her novels and, faintly, her signature.

The oak leaf was a popular motif at the time, symbolizing the strength of Britain and the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars. It is conceivable that, for Austen, “wearing oak-leaf patterns could have been a display of quiet domestic support for her two naval brothers Francis and Charles who were both on active duty in 1812-1814. Austen’s appreciation of the navy in Persuasion and the upright character of midshipman William Price in Mansfield Park demonstrate her depth of feeling towards the service,” according to costume historian Hilary Davidson, who constructed a replica pelisse in 2007 for the Hampshire County Museum Services and Archives.

The scarf was produced in collaboration with the Hampshire Cultural Trust in honor of the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. Austen was born and died in Hampshire and many of her novels are set there.

The scarf is made to the highest standards—the hems of the scarf are hand rolled and sewn, not machine stitched.

59” x 15"

Please note: We have limited quantities of these scarves; if you are interested, please order sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

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