Help dating sheared muskrat (?) and leather coat

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by laurenm, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. laurenm

    laurenm Registered Guest

    Hi there!
    I believe this is sheared muskrat and had originally thought 1980s but could it be 70s?....there are no labels and it appears the coat has been shortened at some point....wondering if 80s is correct?
    Thanks for any input.
    Lauren
     

    Attached Files:

    • du1.JPG
      du1.JPG
      File size:
      31.7 KB
      Views:
      25
    • du3.JPG
      du3.JPG
      File size:
      39.8 KB
      Views:
      25
    • du2.JPG
      du2.JPG
      File size:
      39.3 KB
      Views:
      24
    • du5.JPG
      du5.JPG
      File size:
      28.9 KB
      Views:
      24
    • du6.JPG
      du6.JPG
      File size:
      29 KB
      Views:
      23
    • du7.JPG
      du7.JPG
      File size:
      29.2 KB
      Views:
      23
    • du9.JPG
      du9.JPG
      File size:
      38.4 KB
      Views:
      25
    • du0.JPG
      du0.JPG
      File size:
      28.2 KB
      Views:
      24
    • du12.JPG
      du12.JPG
      File size:
      31.3 KB
      Views:
      24
    • du22.JPG
      du22.JPG
      File size:
      47.4 KB
      Views:
      23
  2. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

    Does this have any labels? It looks like the fur may have been from an older coat to me and then revamped to give it a modern look with the leather trim.

    I am wondering if it is sheared rabbit. Hopefully not seal, as seal can't be sold anymore.

    Caryn, should come along to help.
     
  3. Furwise

    Furwise Administrator Staff Member

    It is 80s and the fur is sheared muskrat but I think the fur is original to the coat based on how the fur is sewn at the seams and the design itself. The fur inside the collar matches the fur on the body, the leather on the outside of the collar matches the leather sleeves, and the button and loop closure looks original too which might be off if the fur were added after.
     
  4. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  5. Furwise

    Furwise Administrator Staff Member

    You were right on to think sheared rabbit or seal because both rabbit and muskrat have been dyed to look like seal. :)
     
  6. laurenm

    laurenm Registered Guest

    Thanks to both of you! So, speaking of dyed fur....this one is also stumping me....is this one seal? Or dyed sheared beaver? Also any sense of date? 1920s? 30s? The photos are not great, but it feels a bit like sheared beaver, but the person who gave it to me had hazarded Seal as their guess.
     

    Attached Files:

  7. I would have never guessed the first to be muskrat either
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
    Furwise likes this.
  8. Furwise

    Furwise Administrator Staff Member

    That is beautiful. This one actually dates to the late 70s, maybe even early 80s.

    I need better lighting to see those pelts and lay it out flat open if you can so I can see all of the fur.
     
  9. laurenm

    laurenm Registered Guest

    I've tried....so hard to capture the black....anyway, I've brightened to ugly on a few here to give the lines....the colour is very deep jet black and it looks great but the edges have some breakdown of the dye? Hope these help!
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page