Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Wild Irish Robes

First, I should say that I don't know if these robes are Irish in origin or not.  I do know that three of the four women are my Flynn girls.  Those appearing in the photograph were identified as follows:  Mildred Lemon, Elsie (Flynn) Chamberlain, Hilda (Hartman) Weber, Lulu (Flynn) Elson and Eva Grace (Flynn) Hartman.  Based on the estimated age of Mildred this photograph it likely dates to circa 1910.  I have no idea what the significance of the robes might be.  It occurred to my mother and myself that perhaps these robes might be associated with a wedding.  If the approximate date of the photograph is correct then Hilda's wedding in April, 1911 is the closest one.  I may need to start describing these as my wild German robes if that is the case.  If anyone has seen robes like this before and can help to elucidate their significance or origins, I would be greatly appreciative.

I received the photo nearly two years ago from a cousin of mine (Thanks, you know who you are!).


  1. The robe they are wearing is a cope. It is a vestment in the Catholic Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church. In the Syriac Orthodox Church, the cope is worn by the priest as a Eucharistic vestment. In the Catholic church is is worn by bishops, priests and deacons and can even be worn by the cantor. In the Catholic church, it is not used as a Eucharistic vestment. The chasuble and dalmatic are the vestments worn during the celebration of the Eucharist.

    1. Thank you so much for this information! The Flynns were Catholic, but I don't know where they would have come by the copes because no one in the family was a church official. The Hartmans were Lutherans and Hilda's father was a founding member of the Lutheran church they attended. According to Wikipedia the Lutheran church may also use them, so I imagine these copes belong to that church. Thank you again for identifying them for me!