This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
To display cloaks effectively it is advisable not to show too many at once. A good plan is to arrange a pair of lace curtains at the back and sides of window; these should be draped gracefully and caught up with bright colored ribbon. In the center of window, display upon forms not to exceed three style of garments.
The center of above window is composed of a mirror, though this may be dispensed with if inconvenient or not available, and an extra center drum substituted. The main figure in the center is formed by nailing together three wooden strips in the form of a triangle and draping with dress goods as in illustration.