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Catalog Number 1976.069.016
Description Men's Bow Tie, n.d. Adjustable gray silk tie with blue, white and red abstract design. Inside collar has "Adjustable / All Silk" printed in white. Size chart is also printed inside collar.
Object Name Tie, Bow
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Men's Bow Tie, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "Adjustable / All Silk" (printed in white in inside collar).
Provenance Belonged to the late Earl A. "Doc" Davies, longtime San Mateo resident who attended San Mateo schools.
Notes "The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century: the Croat mercenaries used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted (under the name cravat, derived from the French for "Croat") by the upper classes in France, then a leader in fashion, and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries... Bow ties tend to be associated with particular professions, such as architects, finance receipt collectors, attorneys, university professors, teachers, waiters and politicians. Pediatricians frequently wear bow ties since infants cannot grab them the way they could grab a four-in-hand necktie, and they do not get into places where they would be soiled or could, whether accidentally or deliberately, strangle the wearer. Clowns sometimes use an oversize bow tie for its comic effect. Classical musicians traditionally perform in white tie or black tie, both of which are bow ties. Bow ties are also associated with weddings, mainly because of their almost universal inclusion in traditional formal attire." [ 3/15/2017]

"If choosing a self-tie/tie-it-yourself/freestyle bow tie, there are usually two shapes available: the "bat wing," which is parallel-sided like a cricket bat, and the "thistle," also known as the "butterfly." [ 3/16/2017]
Dimensions H-33 W-2 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Davies, Earl A. "Doc"
Men's Accessories
Men's Fashion
Subjects Clothing & dress
People Davies, Earl A. "Doc"