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Catalog Number 1976.069.021
Description Men's Necktie, n.d. Men's tie in a small repeating pattern of squares on end, forming diamonds of vivid blue, rust, champagne, striped, and hatched designs. Broad style tie at base. Branded and sold by the Levy Brothers Mens Shop in San Mateo and Burlingame.
Object Name Necktie
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Men's Necktie, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "Levy Bros. / MENS SHOPS / San Mateo Burlingame" (pale gray machine label with red text woven into the label, sewn on to reverse of narrow end of tie); "Golden Shuttle Fabric / WOVEN BY / McCurrach" (Yellow machine label with black text woven into the label, sewn on to reverse of narrow end of tie below Levy label).
Provenance Belonged to the late Earl A. "Doc" Davies, longtime San Mateo resident who attended San Mateo schools.
Notes "Most sartorialists agree that the necktie originated in the 17th century, during the 30 year war in France. King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries (see picture above) who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. While these early neckties did serve a function (tying the top of their jackets that is), they also had quite a decorative effect - a look that King Louis was quite fond of. In fact, he liked it so much that he made these ties a mandatory accessory for Royal gatherings, and - to honor the Croatian soldiers - he gave this clothing piece the name "La Cravate" - the name for necktie in French to this day." [ 3/13/2017]
Dimensions H-48 W-4.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Clothes
Davies, Earl A. "Doc"
Levy Brothers
Men's Accessories
Men's Fashion
San Andreas Dam
San Mateo
San Mateo Businesses
Subjects Clothing & dress
People Davies, Earl A. "Doc"