Mysterious Lapel Coat
One of a Kind.
Found at an estate sale in Louisville. No indication of a designer. Clearly, it was a one of a kind and lovingly made for an unconventional woman of very good taste, many decades ago.
There was one tag that contained the handwritten word, “Bond.”
I concluded Bond Street of New York City, as opposed to London, due to the wool, which was very heavy and stiff, much more so than the sumptuous 540-gram wool and cashmere blend we’ve used to reproduce it.
We sent the tag to the lab for ink dating (yes, we’re amateur sleuths).After suffering through terms like “ultraviolet fluorescence,” “gas chromatography,” and “X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy,” I blurted out, “What year?”
Late 1930s, I was told. My visions of the coat’s owner whipping dramatically along Wall Street and an Art Deco-clad Broadway were validated.
Her identity, however, remained a mystery.
I have a feeling that’s just the way she wanted it.
Mysterious Lapel Coat (No. 5838). 85% wool, 15% cashmere fit-and-flare overcoat with stunning oversized lapels adorned with black satin trim in a mesmerizing scroll pattern. Raglan- style armholes. Waist-shaping darts. On-seam handwarmer pockets. Hidden single-snap closure at left front waist. Interior loop and tie closure inside right waist. Full satin lining. Leaves a lasting, and conclusive, impression. Imported.
|XXS||0||32||24 1/2||34 1/2|
|XS||2||33||25 1/2||35 1/2|
|4||34||26 1/2||36 1/2|
|SML||6||35||27 1/2||37 1/2|
|8||36||28 1/2||38 1/2|
|MED||10||37||29 1/2||39 1/2|
|LG||14||40||32 1/2||42 1/2|