I went to one of my favorite thrift stores today while kicking around avoiding traffic, and I'm very glad I did. For $12 (and 30% off) I got a black wool morning coat, hand stitched single breasted peak lapels with piping, two buttons (I assume meant to be worn open, but not sure), cutaway front, longer tail with two buttons (decorative) on the back. Inside is stitched a label that reads: Stephen D. Herr 115 So. Dearborn St. Chicago Mr. (written R. Butterfield Date (written Feb 2 - 1915 Not sure what the lining is but it's a sort of twill satiny stuff in the body and then a silvery gray with purple and green stripes in the sleeves. It just about fits me, a bit too small in the shoulders and short in the sleeves. It's in basically pristine shape. I haven't gone over the whole thing but so far it is pretty much perfect. I'll post pics when I can get a hold of a camera. Anyone know anything about this? Does it have any value, other than as a cool collectors' piece or a great play prop? Oh yeah, and I also found a Jos A. Bank tuxedo, SB shawl lapel, in very good condition for $17.50. The jacket might be made to fit me better, but the pants are as if made for me and I've been looking for a good pair of these for 'odd' use for quite a while. All in all, an excellent day on the thrift circuit.
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8/14/04 at 12:01am