This is a vintage Swakara fur coat, dating probably to the 1960s. Swakara originates from South Africa, but the pelts are stamped “Swakara Thorer Process UK Special Extra Light”. Swakara is generally used interchangeably with Astrakhan, which is of Caucasus origination or broadtail, which is more generally used. The coat is made in an upper thigh length, and does up with two metal loop and fur snap closures. It also has a loop and hook that closes the neckline - I’ve posed the coat with the neckline closed, but if you leave the top hook undone, you have an open neckline with lapels. It has wrist length sleeves, and has a pocket built into either side. It is fully lined in black fabric. The original owner’s name is embroidered onto the lining, but I think that you could have this removed if desired.
Label: G.J. Papillon Fourrures Reg Montreal
Sizing: No size is indicated, and although this should fit a medium size, please rely on the following measurements for fit taking the thickness of the fur into account and the style of the coat:
Shoulders: 17” across from sleeve/shoulder seam to sleeve/shoulder seam
Sleeves: 23” from the sleeve/shoulder seam
Sleeve Inseam: 14 1/2”
Bust: 40” around
Hips: 40” around
Length: 31”, measured flat
Condition: It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear or other issues - there is one or two very small bald spots, but they are not really noticeable and do not detract from the piece.
This is a wonderful Swakara coat - easy to wear style and beautiful shiny texture, sure to be noticed!