Readers, surely you had an inkling just where my recent, surprisingly polarizing vintage fur blog post was leading...
Straight to eBay!
Have you ever? You could probably find live mink on eBay too!
Believe it or not, I've
seen men in Chelsea wearing vintage fur stoles like this. They didn't style it
with a cloche hat, but still.
I am guessing that this fur dates at least as far back as the 1940's and perhaps
even further. It's in lovely condition and cost less than $20 with shipping, which is cheaper than a scarf at the GAP -- and those don't come complete with heads, paws, and tails.
Or sweet little bakelite and crochet snap closures. Or monograms -- sadly not mine.
MSC...I wonder who that was. The label reads, Henry Martin Company, Utica, New York.
I will spare you the closeup of the beady little glass eyes.
Readers, I must ask you: when you see me draped in mink, do you want to...?
a) lose your lunch.
b) throw a bucket of paint at me.
c) make a beeline for eBay and pick one up for yourself.
d) none of the above, see comment below.
Seriously, don't you think this stole is a fabulous vintage accessory? As far as the possibility that wearing something like this supports the contemporary fur market, I sort of doubt it. I mean, I think this kind of exercise in taxidermy went out in the 1950s, if not earlier.
The only downside I'm experiencing is that I look at Freddy and think collar-and-cuffs.
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