Bishop's Choir Cassock , Sash and Mozzetta

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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 15, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
Choir Cassock, Sash (Fascia) and Mozzetta for Bishop

Cassock: This cassock is made of a magenta silk-cotton blend material, with amaranth-red piping and buttons hence is appropriate for a bishop. This cassock is referred to as a "choir cassock" because it is usually worn with a sash or fascia (as well as with other elements of choir dress, e.g., rochet, surplice, mozzetta and/or mantelletta). The style of this garment is known as a "french-cut Roman cassock" since it is more fitted than the Roman cassock, making use of three inverted pleats, one at center and one on each hip. Each pleat has an inverted triangle at the top known as a dart. The sleeves of this cassock are without buttons. The cassock itself has 26 amaranth red cloth buttons down the front. The cuffs, made of red silk, are 8 inches in length. It also has the usual 2 loops or cords on either side to support the fascia or sash. The cassock measures 36" waist, 60 inches in length measured front the back of the neck to the bottom of the garment. The neck is 15 inches. Each sleeve measures 25 ½ inches from the top of the arm to the edge of the cuff. The interior top of the garment including the sleeves is lined in white silk. Made by the House of Hansen, Chicago , and (label inside) tailored circa 1986. .

Fascia or Sash: slightly deeper magenta color than the cassock made for a 36 inch waist. Cloth is a slightly ribbed magenta cotton cloth fastened by metal snaps. It has two equal pointed flaps measuring 25 inches from the top of the sash to the beginning of the 7 inch tassel. Tailor: unknown for fascia.

Mozzetta: a short cape that completely encircles the prelate is known as a mozzetta. It is made of the same cotton silk blend material as the choir cassock. The mozzetta is elbow length with a cassock style upright collar which is rounded rather than notched to enable it to fit over the choir cassock. This mozzetta has 8 amaranth-red silk buttons down the front and has an amaranth-red cord piping around the entire garment. The interior is lined in red silk. (Note: when worn by a prelate of the rank of bishop or higher in choir, the pectoral cross (not shown is worn over the mozzetta and choir cassock always suspended by a cord, red with gold for cardinals and green with gold for others with episcopal dignity.)


Front: throat to hem: 17 inches

Back: Top to bottom hem: 19.5 inches

Side: Side of neck to hem: 20.5 inches

Neck circumference: 18 inches

Bottom circumference: 89.5 inches

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