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Measures: Box – 4” x 2.5”
Part of the stock of an untouched 1800’s Maine General Store, these collars are still new in their original box! They are made of a sturdy paper (think card stock) and very cleverly have a fabric like finish. There is a paper band holding all of the collars together. There is some discoloration apparent on the collars, likely due to sitting on a shelf for over 130 years! The lithograph label on the top and side are beautiful. There is some fading and a few spots on the labels and the box. There are no tears, and the corners are in good condition.
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. Paper collars were used into the early 1900’s, as were celluloid collars which were manufactured starting in the 1870’s. Both paper and celluloid collars were very uncomfortable to wear but did present a neat appearance.