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1920 Era Deco Opera Coat in Metallic Brocade and Fur Franklin Simon Company
LAST CALL! 30% OFF! We are thrilled to offer this very vintage, 1920 era opera coat. Distributed by the Franklin Simon Company Fifth Avenue NY at the height of its reputation as a specialty shop within the department store concept, this carries all the hallmarks of deco style. Starting with the fabric--it is a brocade in tones of silver and silver gray in an abstract swirl design. There are hints of gold metallic thread which allows the silver to play off the light. The design includes the 1920's favorite of the cape collar, which in this case goes to extra lengths by draping the back of the collar into a huge bow at the base of the neck. The hem is bordered by a 6" band of fur. We are unable to identify this fur, but is a grayed white, very soft, but with a longer length than say rabbit. We believe it to be a real fur. This has no closure--it is meant to hang freely at the front. It is lined in a champagne tone silk and carries the label in gold with monogram in shield at the back. It has 24" long sleeves which have horizontal pleats for interest. We were pleased to find a nicely detailed slash pocket on the inside of the left side which is outlined in a silk pleated trim. Details: this was hard to measure because it is meant to be voluminous and to hang freely, so the following measurements are approximate: 38 1/4" shoulder to hem; 24" across front chest and 20" at back for an estimate of 44" bust/chest; 15 1/2" across back; 47" waist. PLEASE NOTE: Alas, an item of this age does not arrive almost a 100 years later without some issues-- we kept looking at the front right 2/3 of the way to the hem and at an area above that. We could not decide if these were stains or a variation in the brocade as the light brown color blends well with the brocade. We have decided definitively that these are stains--one is oval and about 5", the other is a comma and about 4". Also note: any given edge shows broken brocade threads which could be trimmed. The lining is silk and thus shows shattering right above the label where the coat would have rested against the back. There is also a 1" notch tear on the right side chest area of the lining. Also, the fur band--was it meant to be the grayish white or does it need to be cleaned? We did do an internet search as we wanted to verify the age of this as we thought it also show some indications of '60's style. We found that Franklin Simon began in 1902 and was bankrupt by 1979. We verified through the Fashion Guild website that this label closely resembles a label on a 1916 silk dress. The 1960's labels are significantly different. We also found a lovely site My Vintage Vogue, which displays several graphics of Franklin Simon dresses and coats from the mid-20's and they are silmilar in design. Franklin Simon Designs for Women and Wikipedia were also helpful sites. We have not cleaned this piece--there are no unusal odors. Item 43156a
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver/Gold, Size: Mdm
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