Vintage early 1960s brown scarf silk skinny tie from the legendary Beale & Inman haberdashery of Bond Street features a golf-themed print with clubs, balls, golf bags, flagsticks, and many, many holes to aim for! Print colors are red, white, and green on a medium brown ground.
Label reads “Beale & Inman, New Bond St., London. W.”; a second tag reads “Tailor Made in England, All Silk”.
Founded in the early 19th century, Beale & Inman’s customers through the years included Napoleon, Charles Dickens (a framed check from him is displayed in the shop), Winston Churchill, Lawrence Olivier and Ian Fleming. At the turn of the 20th century, King Edward awarded Beale & Inman his royal warrant for hosiery.
A 1966 article about shopping on Bond Street, with its reputation for “luxury, craftsmanship, good taste, and... altitudinous prices” notes that, in 150 years, the shop had not stooped once to the vulgar practice of publicly advertising itself. At the time, Beale & Inman offered shirts, ties, belts, and pajamas, and, as the article goes on to note, “number[ed] among its customers kings, princes, maharajahs, sheiks and Eastern potentates”.
Tipped in cream silk, the tie measures 54” wide by 2.5” long and is in excellent condition.
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