Help Dating 30s/40s Coat & Id'ing Fur Type

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Jennifer Kietzman, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. Jennifer Kietzman

    Jennifer Kietzman Registered Guest

    I'm wondering what you're best guess is for the date of this coat. I'm guessing it dates from the 30s or 40s, based on the look of it plus the soft shoulder pads, wide pointed collar, the soft pleating on the top, princess seams at the back, but there are no labels to help pinpoint it. It's 43.5 inches long. I'm also wondering what kind of fur it is - it doesn't feel oily like mink, and it's not bushy like fox. It's very soft and medium-fine to the touch. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your time and thoughts! Best regards, Jenny 40s fur collar 6.JPG 40s fur collar 2.JPG 40s fur collar 3.JPG 40s fur collar 5.JPG 40s fur collar 13.JPG
     
  2. Furwise

    Furwise Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Jenny, Beautiful coat. The coat looks 40s to me and the fur is Russian squirrel.
     
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  3. Jennifer Kietzman

    Jennifer Kietzman Registered Guest

    Hi Caryn,

    Thanks for your reply, and the info re the fur! It is a pretty coat, and in great shape. I love the quilted and embroidered lining. Do you happen to know whether the "pattern" on the fur is natural, or has the fur been dyed or treated in some way?
     
  4. Furwise

    Furwise Administrator Staff Member

    Hi again Jenny, Yes. The fur was dyed to look either more like mink fur or sable fur which both sometimes have distinctive darker shading in the center of each pelt.
     
  5. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  6. Jennifer Kietzman

    Jennifer Kietzman Registered Guest

    Many thanks, Caryn!
     
  7. Jennifer Kietzman

    Jennifer Kietzman Registered Guest

    :) I wish it fit me!
     

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