Vintage late 30s/early 40s Trojan Cravats silk damask necktie features a Deco design of ice-blue bolts zigzagging across a lustrous wine red ground, also woven in a chevron pattern. Between the bold contrast in the two tone colorway and the diagonal, repeating pattern, the tie seems virtually to pulsate with waves of energy.
Unlined, the tie has stitched blade edges and a wool interlining. It has two labels; one which reads “Kennedy’s”, for the Boston-based chain that began as a men and boys’ clothier in the 1890s, and one that reads “Trojan Cravats” on the front and “Drape Stitch Construction” on the reverse.
Kennedy’s stocked Trojan Cravats as early as 1920, when the tie company’s jingle was “A krinkle in the silk, not a wrinkle in the wear”. Trojan began offering ties with drape stitch construction as soon as this knot-improving design was patented, and continued to do so into the 1950s. A 1939 ad for Trojan silk ties states that “by means of an ingenious new patent, the lining is so stitched that you automatically get a perfect knot, 'dimple' and drape every time--without fumbling or fussing.”
Measuring 47” long and just under 3.5” across the blade, this tie is in good condition, with a faint waterstain to the reverse front blade (does not show through to the front) and a ¼” hole on the small blade, about 5.25” up from the tip. These issues are shown in photo #6.
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