This Victorian Ladies Short Capelet is inspired by the Salvation Army. Made of Midnight Navy wool, a VERY dark Navy almost Black color. Perfect for those cooler evenings, whether you are re-enacting a member of the Salvation Army, or dressing to support your troops with a Military style, this very attractive Mantle is perfect and will keep you warm.
What is the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army was founded in London's East End in 1865 by one-time Methodist Reform Church
minister William Booth and his wife Catherine as the East London Christian
Mission. The name "The Salvation Army" developed from an incident on
19 and 20 May. William Booth was dictating a letter to his secretary George
Scott Railton and said, "We are a volunteer army." Bramwell Booth heard
his father and said, "Volunteer! I'm no volunteer, I'm a regular!"
Railton was instructed to cross out the word "volunteer" and
substitute the word "salvation". The Salvation Army was modeled after
the military, with its own flag (or colors) and its own hymns, often with words
set to popular and folkloric tunes sung in the pubs. Booth and the other
soldiers in "God's Army" would wear the Army's own uniform, for
meetings and ministry work. He became the "General" and his other
ministers were given appropriate ranks as "officers". Other members
became "soldiers". There main focus was at first alcoholics, morphine addicts, prostitutes and other "undesirables" unwelcome in polite Christian society. The Gentlemen focus on the streets preaching to and helping the poor, and the Women would focus on the Wealthy gaining financial support for their work.