Vintage late 1970s wine red repp tie from custom tie manufacturer Wm. Chelsea Ltd. features a design of white woven diagonal stripes and machine-embroidered pipes.
Made for the world-famous David P. Ehrlich pipe and tobacco shop, the tie is tipped in logo-printed satin (for Wm. Chelsea Ltd’s “Chelsea Collection”), and labelled: “Made Especially for David P. Ehrlich of Boston by Wm. Chelsea Ltd. N.Y.”.
No fabric tag, but the twilled fabric appears to be silk or a silk-poly blend.
Named for the man who owned it from 1916 till his death in 1942, the David P. Ehrlich pipe and tobacco shop grew out of a mid-19th century tobacconist owned by Ehrlich’s father-in-law (where he himself began working, in 1879). The business remained family owned at least into the 1970s, and evolved into a cigar bar in recent years before finally closing its doors in 2012. In the course of its long and illustrious history--which included a visit from pipe connoisseur and fan Winston Churchill in the 1930s and a tradition of having meerschaum pipe-carvers ply their craft in the front window—the shop sponsored pipe-smoking contests and offered a sideline of amber jewelry (amber was used for the bits of the better pipes). Prices in 1977 for a David P. Ehrlich pipe started at $50, roughly the equivalent of $200 today.
Still currently in business, the (then NY-based) Wm. Chelsea Ltd. company began producing custom and specialty neckwear in the earlier 1970s, and found itself well-positioned to supply banks, corporations, and organizations with specialty ties in reponse to the corporate logo or “symbol” tie fad of the late 70s. According to David Wessel, the company’s first president, “such ties, with good designs and fabrics, put across a firm's message without appearing commercial or blatant”.
Measuring 55” long by 3.5” wide, this collectible tie is in excellent condition.
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