In the 1970's, an American named Marley Hodgson founded the Trafalgar company after acquiring eight old style looms in a French mill. He was an ardent admirer of the hard to find series of braces which featured the intriguing designs of New York City haberdasher, Calvin Curtis who created items from the 1930's to the 1960's. Curtis had produced his marvelous silk braces on the same type looms as those found by Hodgson, so he decided to use Calvin's patterns and reissue these designs in limited editions of 1000 each. Most of these reissued designs are now retired.
Here is the reissued Calvin Curtis design that was inspired by the 1956 film noir movie, "The Killing", which incorporates an old fashion horse race ticket and, also, features a jockey and horse in the Winner's Circle. The background of the ticket is beige and the actual pattern is done in black, red and a little bit of yellow. The material used is exquisite silk.....when you first touch these braces, you immediately know that they are more than just braces....they are small works of art! Fine quality black leather is used for the clinches.
These braces appear to have been worn very little and are in wonderful condition. There is only one small issue to note....on the silk just under the brass adjustment bars on each side, there is a small area along the edge that is missing a little bit of the beige edging. One area is hardly visible as it goes under the brass loop on the leather clinch.
Size: One Size and Adjustable
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Item ID: 396
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