Clementina, cope, front view, 1742

At the coronation of Charles VII in Frankfurt in 1742, Clement Augustus, archbishop elector of Cologne, was assisted by a number of clerics. One of these attendants was given the responsibility of holding the archbishop’s mitre whenever it was removed from his head during the Mass. This attendant was dressed in this precious, gold-embroidered vestment, which is known as a cope (pluviale) and is held together at the front by a clasp. Two broad decorative bands known as orphreys with raised embroidery run along the edges of the cope.