A pelerine is a cape like thing that could be for warmth but the most of the ones I have seen, especially in the earlier years, seemed to be more decorative. This one is of the decorative variety.
I like the embroidery, of course. But I also liked the layered look. I wonder what dresses the original owner would have worn it with. I also wonder if it was made by the wearer, perhaps as an item to wear on her wedding day…. If I were to make one of my own I would like it to be very much like it but I’m not sure I’d have the patients for all that embroidery.