I just love this cape and it’s little details. I’m an animal rights activist and don’t approve of the fur trade in any way, but I have collected old ones from back in the day.
Not sure what the origin of this fur is. The stripes are clearly dyed, probably to resemble mink. It’s got these funny little tabs to “close” the bottoms of the arm slits, for a better appearance and added warmth.
Of course, it had patches sewn inside with the owner’s initials embroidered on, along with the maker’s label, both of which are gone now. Surprisingly, it’s in great condition for its age – still soft and radiant.
These garments are so full of history that they intrigue me as much as any other vintage fashion. I wear them, too. Some people would say this is hypocritical but I would disagree – buying or wearing antique fur or leather does not support the current market for these things unless someone makes an irresponsible decision. I suggest that we should all be responsible for our choices in the marketplace – so, if you like my vintage fur, don’t use that as an excuse to go out and buy a modern one. Search for another vintage fur at least 50 or more years old or buy an imitation fur replica and do something kind for wildlife or your pet.
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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