Vintage early 1950s rayon satin wide tie features red and navy speckled white leaves and breeze-blown diagonal navy stripes on an ice blue ground jacquarded in swirling organic designs that enhance the tie’s jazzy, dynamic feel.
Labelled “Smoothie Limited” with a trademark sign, it was made by the Baltimore-based Schreter Neckwear corporation, founded in 1894 by a Hungarian immigrant whose son, Abraham Harvey Schreter, expanded the company tremendously while keeping it in the family through most of the 20th century.
Schreter manufactured ties for everyone from department stores like Bloomingdales, J.C.Penney and Julius Garfinckle to Coca Cola, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Smithsonian Institution. Though Smoothie ties came on the scene in the late 1930s, boasting of their handtailored wrinkle-resistance, Schreter didn’t trademark the name until 1953.
Measuring 53” long by 4.5” wide across the front blade, this striking tie is in good condition, with one pinhole 10” up from the small end and some faint peach-toned spots of colorfade (photo #4 shows these issues).
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