This gorgeous antique fur may be one of the most unique pieces I've had from the era. Made by a furrier in San Francisco in the late Victorian or early Edwardian period, this piece is just incredibly extra. Made of a mink or stoat in a color we'd now call Autumn Haze, this decadent cape has a massive collar, deep arm slits and two optional closure styles - the massive buttons, or a linked snap, something I think was likely added in the 1930s. The piecing is amazing, fringed with approximately 30 tails, alternating with little feet. Six more fringe the back below the collar. The color is warm, decadently autumnal. In contrast, the lining is a cool grey printed with pink, purple, white and fuchsia roses. There's an interior pocket for you. This stunner will catch every eye. I'm actually jealous of my own shop, I adore this piece!
Bust: fits up to approximately a 41" bust
Length: 36" to end of tails
Label: There is a label present, but the words are largely a mystery. It was definitely a furrier on Market St. in San Francisco, with a bear as their logo. The closest I can get to the name is "___ Bear Fur Co" - and research does indicate there was a Bear Fur Co at 940 market in 1906 and 1922.
Material: Fur with Silk lining
Condition: Good, as is. This beauty has breakage to the silk at the top of the neck and upper shoulders, and a couple small breaks and some foxing near the front edges of the lining. There is a bit of rubbing and wear to the fur along the center front edge. The button loops are relaxed with age and could be tightened up. There is one missing tail at the upper back. There's a narrow edge of paint you can see in the images at the lower right edge - I've almost completely brushed this away now, but you'll still find it on a few hairs if you look closely. There's no dryness or breakage to the fur. It's an incredible and truly unusual piece.