The coat really is in exquisite condition for it’s age. It most certainly dates to the earlier part of the 1930s and is an interesting weave- the fabric feels like mohair and it’s woven into a corduroy like design with a nap. I am completely amazed that I can find NO moth holes in it- it looks like it was rarely worn- so I knew it had to come home with me. I found this at an estate of a family who moved to California in the 1950s- apparently they owned a restaurant out here and were interested in all sorts of medical quack type things- I believe the man was a doctor. Kind of a bit of fun history of the lives of the past owners.
Without a doubt my favorite part is the convertible collar. It can hook and eye to one side and button on the other to be snug at the neck, leave part of the collar close around the neck and let the other flap hang down, or leave both flaps open. So fun! And it was very cleverly designed so that the buttons fasten between the join of the fur and the wool- both are finished independently so there’s a slit for the button to pass through.
The construction of the side back pieces are interesting- with a seam line going across the piece near the waist that meets the side dart from the front coat to make a bit of a deco style interest. The inside of the coat fastens as is normal for a lot of 1930s coats- with ties made from the lining fabric that loop through a little wool loop attached to the coat. You could tie it snugly or a little loosely- whichever hung best. I also love the plaid lining! It feels like a taffeta. Very pretty!