Vintage Dilemma: Schoolboy Tie
04/04/2011 § 4 Comments
You may recall my success at the Ralph Lauren Home Sale last month, but aside from the amazing phonograph I picked up, I also happened to find a precious tie that I just had to have. Of shorter length, it was immediately obvious that this was a young boy’s tie. From the frayed and somewhat uneven edges, and lack of any manufacturer’s label, it became apparent that I was looking at something handmade.
Even though it was a little worse for wear, I decided that I wanted to take it home. I had a picture in my mind of a mother working diligently over her son’s tie, choosing the silk and painstakingly folding and stitching it into shape. I like the colors and I usually wear my ties tucked in, anyway, so I figured that it wouldn’t matter that the ends were a bit tattered. It was when I turned the tie over that I fell in love with it.
Written on the underside of the tie is the name of its former owner — James Bennett. Having a name to add to the fantasy completely sealed the deal, and I happily carried my little tie home. However, I now am faced with a dilemma. I am torn between wanting to wear the tie and framing it. I think it could be quite handsome under glass with a dark wooden and gold frame, no? How silly James Bennett would think that was!