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 - CLOAK WORTH A MILLION. The most valuable coat...
CLOAK WORTH A MILLION. The most valuable coat in the world is in the possession of Lady Brassey, who, at a recent exhibition held In London, loaned her coat •••< an exhibit, after first having obt:•'::. •;! insurance upon it for half a million dollars. This mantle was presented by Queen Romano, of the Sandwich Islands, to Captain Thomson, of the British navy, for the protection extended to i?v against the French in 1843. Sine-! that time the cloak has remained in the Thompson family, and. although several very tempting offers have been made for it; nothing could induce it. Lady Brassey to part with The foundation of the mantle is n network of native.,hemp, and to it are attached, by fine* threads of the same material, the feathers of birds found only in the Hawaiian Islands. The feathers overlap . each other and He fiat, forming a smooth surface. The upper and latteral borders, which are corded with a string of hemp, are decorated with alternate crescent shaped figures, composedof either red or yellow feathers. This cloak is four feet in length and eleven and a half feet in width at th^ bottom, tapering up to twenty-three inches at the top. The great difficulty experienced in procuring the feathers and the number .of years required to complete the garment constitute its chief claim to value. Its yellow feathers especially are o( great value, as the bird from which they are taken "Is- comparatively rare, very shy and difficult to capture. The black feathers are from the head and back of the same bird, its general plumage being a glossy black. The market price of fiye .of these feathers is j qm) ted at $2.50,^and by this estimate the value of .the.vcoat. taking into account the amount of labor involved, figures up to nearly $1,000,000.

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 08 Feb 1899, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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