Back at the end of August, I went to the Renegade Craft Fair shortly after I arrived in Chicago. This year they had a vintage clothing and home goods section, and there I found a well merchandised booth by a woman named Mary Eleanor who had a discerning eye. She had a really lovely selection of garments, including lots of silk pieces. She also has an Etsy store called Tusk.
On the rack I discovered a nurse’s cape, which I quickly determined was 1940s. I had to try it on even though it was above 90 degrees and winter weather was the further thing from my mind. It fit perfectly, and, aside from a little cat fur, there were no flaws.
So this awesome nurse’s cape has become my favorite cool-weather outerwear. It is made of dark navy wool and lined with bright blue wool with large metal buttons.
My best guess is that the St. B.H. on the collar stands for the initials of the hospital she worked at. I think it would be fun to research further. It’s a shame that her name isn’t embroidered inside.