1950s oblong fringed scarf in pure silk. Mauve background with deep magenta pink, blue, white and gray floral (mums) reversing to bold stripes with gray floral. For your neck, your waist, as a head wrap, or tie it onto your bag for a pop of color. This scarf is wonderfully thick and luxurious, and feels heavenly. From the M.L. Pierce estate.
Labels: Top Hit fashion Baar & Beards, Inc. Made in Japan
Sylvan M. Baar (1897-1975) and Milton Beards (1906-1987), both of Brooklyn, opened Baar and Beards, Inc., a ladies' neckwear business, in 1941. The "Top Hit" series of scarves (and possibly this shawl), which debuted in 1949, featured designs based on popular songs of the 40s and 50s. The photo below shows the company's original location at 15 W. 37th Street, in NYC, as it appeared in 1986.
photo courtesy: New York City Signs - 14th to 42nd
Here's a fun blog post about the "Top Hit" scarves by our colleague Jody at Couture Allure. We are also at a loss for which song is represented by this particular scarf. Any ideas?
Fiber/Care: 100% silk, hand wash or dry-clean
Condition: no flaws to note
12.5"/31.75cm wide x 45.5"/115.5cm long
with .5"/1.25cm fringe at either end
(BDV SKU: 00407-011)
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