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Catalog Number 1976.069.017
Description Men's Bow Tie, n.d. White linen with horizontal texture. Interior and exterior pieces attached at center with white metal tab. One button hole on each end and in the center of the interior strap. Each end on this tie shaped and called the thistle or the butterfly, which is round. Sewn label on inside has purple stamp with "New York / KEISER / CRAVATS / REG. U.S. / PAT. U.S. / KEISER / HANDTIE DRESS TIE / PAT. AUG. 15, 1911, MAY 7, 1907 / SIZE 15".
Object Name Tie, Bow
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Men's Bow Tie, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "New York / KEISER / CRAVATS / REG. U.S. / PAT. U.S. / KEISER / HANDTIE DRESS TIE / PAT. AUG. 15, 1911, MAY 7, 1907 / SIZE 15" (stamped purple on sewn in tag on interior).
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-0.75 W-17.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Davies, Earl A. "Doc"
Men's Accessories
Men's Fashion
Subjects Clothing & dress
People Davies, Earl A. "Doc"