Vintage early 1960s Arthur L. Johnson self-tie batwing bow tie in a crisp, slub silk or silk-linen weave features bold, multi-width stripes in black, orange and yellow, with accents of crimson and slate blue for good measure.
Shantung and nubby silk-linen weave fabrics became popular for summer neckwear in the late 50s and early 60s, as did horizontal stripes (though of course the color bands in this bow will be vertical once it’s tied!)
Measuring 1” wide at either end and 32.5” long (can be lengthened another 3 or 4”), the tie has a paper price sticker which reads “Arthur L. Johnson Co. Boston” and gives the price as $2.00.
A financial district touchstone, menswear store Arthur L. Johnson opened in the late 1940s and was renamed “Ara’s” in 1975, for owner Ara Yacobian. The 50s and 60s were the store’s peak era; photo # shows an ad from 1965.
From the Boston Back Bay estate of an older gentleman with a bow tie collection spanning over three decades, this handsome bow tie is in excellent condition.
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Vintage c.1960 Arthur L. Johnson Silk Woven Stripes Batwing Bow Tie