Friday, September 16, 2011

Maximilian Broadtail Lamb Fur Coat - 1958

You may have noticed I've been showing fur coats on Fridays for the last couple of weeks.  I'm going to continue this series for a few reasons.  First, these coats are beautiful and even if you don't wear fur, you can appreciate the designs and styles.  Second, when perusing my collection of vintage magazines, they are full of photos and ads for fur coats.  Furs were an important part of fashion and my blog would not be complete without them.  Third, one of the most frequent questions we get on the discussion boards at the VFG is "What type of fur is this?"  The VFG has a fabulous Fur Resource to help identify varieties of fur and I'm hoping to do a similar thing here.  If you type a variety of fur over in the search box, it will bring up posts from the past with photos of actual fur coats and you can use that to help identify your fur.  OK?

From 1958, the coat shown here is by Maximilian and is made of black Hollander-dyed Russian broadtail lamb fur.  The coat is completely lined in natural dark ranch mink.  The bateau collar is also mink.  That's quite a pairing of two fur varieties in one gorgeous coat!


Sarah said...

I think that people forget that before down coats were so readily available, women wore fur not just for status, but also to just keep warm.

My mother owned two categories of fur was the glam go to the opera sort of a coat..the other was a work a day coat with the fur chosen for it's warmth rather than it's glamour.

My daughter spent a winter in Harbin, China , North of Vlodavostak..She took along my mother's circa 1957 every day fur coat. It wasn't pretty, but it kept her warm.

déjà pseu said...

I love the portrait collar on that one. But doesn't the model look just a little bit like Gloria Swanson in "Hollywood Blvd.?" ;-)

Kori Donahue said...

This is gorgeous...I want one! Your post would be perfect for my Fashion Friday linkup. If you want to linkup, just head over there and follow the directions (don't forget to add the button to your post!). Have a fabulous day doll. Kori xoxo

Anonymous said...

And probably kidskin gloves? Photo reminds me of Gloria Swanson in" Sunset Bulevard".

Erin said...

I am totally on board with wearing vintage furs in a utilitarian sense of appreciating what has already been done, but what i would really really love for you to do for us is to write a vintage fur user's guide to help us actually "walk the walk."

Lots of people have at least a little fur handed down from an older relative. Say we are given furs, or find a vintage coat at a thrift store, or buy one from you or another vintage dealer, what can we do to help it age gracefully? what if it has been mistreated? could it be possible that it has fleas? what if it has a funky smell or is sort of stiff? i would love some tips and tricks, if you happen to know any?

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