1940s Russian Squirrel Coat

 

 

 

 

Our furrier is, sometimes it seems, an unlimited fount of information on the vast topic of furs. And although our favorite thing when we see her is to take a peek in the cold storage and ogle the Revillion's and other designer furs, we're also enthralled by the details she provides on the topic of fur. According to Dee, this coat hails circa late 1940's to very early 1950's and was called a Coco brown dyed Russian squirrel, named for Coco Chanel.  And let us just say,  it's a beauty. Auburn hued fur is unbelievably soft and supple, and the longer length is a just as elegant now as it was in it's heyday. Straight cut with a shawl collar, two fur clips close the front, though we like this one worn open.  Nice wide sleeves, and inseam pockets at the hip.  Bust/hip to 41", shoulder 14", sleeve 26", length 40". Best on a modern 6-8, maybe a slender 10. Fully lined in dark bronze satin, except for very slight thinning at the back collar, it is in excellent condition. $475