The coat has a single snap fastening at the front, though the snap seems very modern--shiny and new--to me, so it was perhaps a later alteration when the old closure (likely a hook and eye) fell off. The skirt of the coat is slightly flared. The size and styling suggest that this may have been worn by a girl about nine years old.
The lace insertion all over the coat is a testament to the patience of the seamstress who made this: white cotton picot trim is connected by a white cotton tape woven through the picots! This treatment is used decoratively (as on the sleeves) and structurally (as on the armscye seam). The picot trim and insertion was sewn by machine. However, I'm unsure if the lace embroidery on the chest and back was down by machine or by hand--though I think it was likely machine made.
|The front of the coat.|
|All of the delicate picot seams, and that nasty brown stain from this garment being crumpled up in a box!|
|The delicate sleeve trim.|
|With the coat half-open. Look at that curve!|
|(Sorry for the blurry photo!) A very modern-looking snap.|
|The back of the coat.|