Cathedral Cope in Purple Gainford with Purple Velvet Orphreys
Many surviving ancient copes follow his pattern. With contrasting orphreys and rounded hood attached to the top of the orphrey
As illustrated made from Watts' own exclusive fabric Gainford this magnificent 15th Century design was used by Temple Moore in many of his church designs. Originally documented as a silver gilt and cut velvet.
This item can also be made in other fabrics - please see the selection of fabrics in the exclusive textiles section of this website. (The price will depend on the fabric used for the main body of the Cope, please see the price details at the bottom of this page.)
Like all our made-to-order Copes, this model is hand-made in our workrooms in Westminster, London by our team of expert seamstresses. All Watts & Co. Copes are made from three full lengths of fabric (to give a complete half circle) and they are all carefully shaped and fitted around the neck and shoulders. Our Copes are all fully lined with cotton sateen.
The standard length of our Copes is 60"(150cm). This can be varied if necessary (usually at no additional charge). Please supply the full height (crown of head to the floor) and chest measurement of the wearer with your order if you would like us to make the Cope to your required size rather than to the standard size.
This item is made-to-order, so please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.
Ordering a bespoke cope involves several design decisions, but we aim to make the process as simple as possible. Please follow the steps below as a guide.
Step 1. Choose your cope style
The first step in creating your bespoke cope is to choose the style you would like. Our standard styles are the Westminster, Cathedral, Abbey and Portsmouth, though we can also look into custom patterns. Factors in the design choice are the shape of the hood and where the hood hangs in relation to the orphreys.
Another option to consider is whether or not you would like elements of the cope to be embroidered. Embroidery can be done solely on the hood, or on the orphreys and morse also.
Whether you already have a clear vision of the cope you would like, or are unsure where to start with the design choices, we are here to help. Contact us to start the conversation.
Step 2. Choose your fabric & braid combinations
After determining the style of the cope and the presence of embroidered features, the next step is to choose your fabrics and trimmings. We are pleased to offer over 200 exclusive fabrics, as well as a wide range of braids, fringes, tassels and linings. Our experienced design team is on hand to guide you through the possible combinations, and to help with decision making if needed. Below is an example of the elements you can choose.
In this example the cream silk is enriched with an orphrey and morse in our Sarum Red & Gold Holbein Silk Damask, which are edged with Sarum Red ½” Diamond & Lay braid.
The cope hood is trimmed with Sarum Red 2” Diamond & Lay fringe, and features a braid ‘shield’ of Sarum Red ½” Diamond & Lay braid.
This is a Westminster style cope in our Cream Gothic Silk Damask, with orphreys, morse, and hood made in our Sarum Red & Gold Holbein Silk Damask. The Westminster style features orphreys that sit round the neck and over the shoulders, and from which hangs the hood. This example is lined in Sarum Red cotton sateen.
Step 3. Enquire to receive a quote
Once you have completed the steps above (or even if you haven't), please use the contact form at the top of the page to in touch and start the process of obtaining a new bespoke cope.