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Victorian Era Leather Collar Box with Collars and New Old Stock in Original Box Dante Cuffs

Measures:  5.5: tall, 7.5” wide, 7” deep

No surprise, the detachable shirt collar was invented by a housewife!  In 1827, Hannah Lord Montague of Troy, New York decided that a changeable collar would solve the problems of wear and soil on collars.  Sewing shirts was expensive and time consuming, the collars often needed to be redone after wearing.  The collars and cuffs in this collection are heavy stock paper with a linen finish.  I believe all of the collars are “Arrow” brand.  There are several different styles for different occasions.  The collar box is leather, lined with a vibrant red silk.  It is in very good condition; the clasp works fine.  There is one area on the back where the leather has just started to come away from the box, please see the photo.  This is not overly noticeable.  Also found in the box is a piece of silk with “Fred” in gold lettering. 

The cuffs are new old stock in the original box!  I don’t believe they have ever been removed or used.  The license stamp is still on the box, dated Jan 22, 1878.


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