This is a beautiful quality pure cashmere coat dating to about 1957. The fabric was made by Einiger Mills, and sold at Cherry & Webb of New Bedford, Massachusetts. I’ve attached a photo of a very similar coat, also featuring Einiger cashmere, taken from a 1957 issue of a high end fashion magazine (see last photo). The piece features simple, yet elegant, lines. The coat is cut with a raglan sleeve and has a kimono-type neckline with narrow shawl lapels. There is a slash pocket built into either side and the body of the coat is cut with a gradual flare to the hemline. The coat closes with an interior tie and edge loop as well as a single button and loop. The coat is lined in what appears to be a silk fabric, finished with a scalloped edge. There are a series of seams at the upper back, a demonstration of the fine tailoring utilized for this coat.
Label: Cherry’s Cherry & Webb Co. Cherry & Webb was founded in 1898 in New Bedford. It changed locations in New Bedford, first in 1931 and then during the 1980s, moving to a mall. They filed for Chapter 11 in the year 2000.
Fabric label: 100% Pure 24K Cashmere Luxury-Loomed by Einiger® Einiger Mills was founded in 1948 by Jack H Einiger and was located in East Douglas, Massachusetts. Einiger introduced a method to produce high end luxury fabrics in volume, in order to reduce price making Einiger Mills the largest independent wool producer in the US. It is possible that they produced this coat as they also manufactured coats. Jack Einiger was known in the industry as “Mr. Cashmere”.
Union label: ILGWU, version used from 1955 until 1963
Color: Black. Pure black, lightened in the photos in order to show detailing
Sizing: No size is indicated, and although it should fit a medium size, please note the following measurements for fit, taking the cut of the coat and the thickness of the fabric into account:
Sleeves: 26” from the neck seam
Sleeve Inseam: 15”
Bust: 42” around, taken under the arms
Waist: 45” around
Hips: 48” around
Hemline: 52” around, opened up flat
Condition: It is in very good condition except for an old, expertly sewn repair to an area at the back of the lower left sleeve (see last close-up photo). Otherwise, the coat has no other pronounced wear, tear, staining or odour.
This is a very nice quality coat dating to 1957....despite the repair, understated elegance, easy to wear.....
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