This is a wonderful 1940s squirrel fur swing jacket or short coat. It’s similar to the coat worn by Joan Crawford in the film Mildred Pierce (1945), except hers was mink with a different opening. It has large padded shoulders, a small shirt-type collar, long full cut sleeves with wide turned cuffs and is cut to flare out to the hemline (note the draping at the back). The jacket closes with two buttons - one at the neckline and another lower down. The lower one needs to be re-attached as it is presently attached with a safety pin. It is fully lined in a brown satin fabric. There is a pocket built into either side.
Sizing: No size is indicated, but it should fit a medium size - please rely on the following measurements for fit, taking the thickness of the fur and the style of the jacket into account:
Shoulders: 17” across from shoulder sleeve seam to shoulder sleeve seam
Sleeves: 24” from the shoulder sleeve seam
Sleeve inseam: 16”
Bust: 42” around, taken under the arms
Hemline: 72” around, measured flat, laid out straight
Overall length: 32 1/2“, measured flat at the back from the neck seam
Condition: It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, soiling or odour except for a skin split on the interior of the left cuff - not visible while the jacket is being worn, but should be sewn or patched. There is also a safety pin holding the lining in place on the right cuff, but doesn’t seem to have any importance. Otherwise, aside from the aforementioned button, this jacket is clean and looks to have been well stored over the years. Squirrel, although not glamorous sounding, was actually a commonly used and appreciated fur, usually sourced from Siberia. It is very robust and should last for years with normal care, as evidenced by the condition of this 75 year old coat.
This is a wonderful fur swing coat - super style, sure to be noticed!
Vintage 1940s Swing Jacket Squirrel Fur Ladies Size M