Sunday, February 28, 2010

Brown and Silver Thirties Era

Here is another 30's era tie. What I like about these is the opulent effect of the bright and glossy pattern woven directly into the fabric. Even when the colors are fairly conservative, as in this example, the sheen of the fabric, and the almost embossed look of the pattern create an impression that I can only describe as opulent, rich.

This one is basic brown, designed to go with any brown suit, with a contrasting color of silver, which is an unusual combination. If I were thinking of combining a metallic color with brown, it would more likely be bronze or gold than silver. But it works.

My wife tried to persuade me that the patterns repeated across this tie were paisleys. But I don't think so. They could be described as "almost" paisley, perhaps. They also resemble abstract ying and yang symbols, or perhaps a swirling galaxy, or a cosmic dust cloud forming into a star or planet.

This tie has the characteristic off-center stitching in the back that is characteristic of thirties tie construction, as well as the even more characteristic feature of having its design woven directly into the fabric, as I mentioned above. Slightly less characteristic is the fact that the tie is lined, which many in this style are not. It's width is still conservative, under 4 inches, about 3 3/4 inches at its widest point, te be exact.

The tie has no extant labels to record. One reason I chose this particular tie to scan and blog this week is that I actually wore it to professional meeting on this Thursday past. The first and only time I've ever worn it, as it, like the others posted in the past few weeks, is a relatively recent acquisition.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Silver, Green, and Red, on Maroon--Thirties Era

Here's another thirties beauty. Maroon is the primary background color, like so many others. I'm not sure if maroon was really a favorite color for men's ties in that era, or if it's merely a coincidence that so many of the thirties ties I have managed to collect are basically maroon.

This one has lightning-edged blotches of red and green imbedded in silver all over the tie. Like so many of my ties from this era, the pattern is woven directly into the fabric. The fabric has its own sheen, making it look rich and opulent.

If you look closely at each of the square-shaped blotches (that's what I'm callin them for lack of a better term), you'll see that the red or green starts bright, then fades toward a darker shade, and in fact, ends up the same maroon color as the background on the tie.

The short end of the tie has one label sewed in, which reads:

Hand Tailored

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Circles of Grapes

I described last week's tie as possibly transititional between the thirties and the forties. So I decided to continue with some additional thirties era ties that I have acquired since last posting any thirties ties.

This one I'm calling "Circles of Grapes" because it looks like clusters of grapes encircled by circular patterns. The basic color scheme is maroon, which seems to have been a favorite for the era, unless it is merely a coincidence that so many of the ties I have from the thirties are that color.

I don't have much time, so that's about all I'm going to say about the tie. It does have one extant label, which shows in the scan, but is upside down. It reads: