Long Black Coat with Gold Embroidery | North Africa


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Origin: Ottoman Empire | North Africa
Era: 19th century (pre-1900) with later alterations
Condition: very good; alterations; minor tears and damage to lining fabric; damage to bottom ornament; one missing button; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements (with garments laying flat):
   Across shoulders: 18″ between shoulder seams
   Across front: 18″ between underarms (with small gap in front as in photo)
   Length: 43″ from top of collar down back
   Sleeves: 26″ from shoulder seam to cuff | 18″ inseam
   Collar: approximately 14.5″ around
Additional Notes: This stunning garment has features and ornamentation typical of northern African design as seen in traditional garments from Algeria and Tunisia from the period of the Ottoman Empire. Made of black wool cloth with metallic soutache trim and couching embroidery, clearly influenced by military uniforms. The garment appears to have been altered at some point to make it more fashionable for western wear. The entire bottom half as well as the black lining and shoulder pads have been added. Possibly collected during the North African Campaign of WWII and later elegantly tailored in keeping with western urban fashions of the period. The top half is all original, including the red lining and mother of pearl (?) buttons. Demonstrates the longstanding popularity of ethnic garments in fashionable European circles. A fine wearable garment, although you may wish to replace or remove the lining as it is somewhat shattered. Suitable for both men and women.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs

Suitable for wear


19th Century (pre-1900)


Men's clothing, Women's clothing