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!

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§ 4 Responses to Vintage Dilemma: Schoolboy Tie

  • Donna says:

    Go ahead and wear it, if you like.
    Handmade neckties were all the rage back in the late 60’s, early 70’s. I made several for my own father back in the day. You could make your own ties, selecting the exact fabric/colors/print to suit your taste!

  • John says:

    Ok if you have the perfect shirt that’s calling its name than you just have to wear it. Or you could wear it on a special day. This way, once you do frame it you have memories attached, but being able to make your own ties would be great.

  • noelani says:

    I say go with Donna’s advice, make your own, and then frame James’. Best of both worlds!

  • Konrad says:

    I think you should wear it 😛 Anyways I have a school tie that is the same with this one, picked it from ebay. It’s 52 inches long though, so if you want a still good looking tie for wearing, and also one in a frame, just reply to this message and I send you the link (A fan of school ties) 😀

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