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  • Baseball Knickers, about 1930

    Likely worn by Thomas Palmer Bradfield of Orchard Lake, Michigan during the 1930s.No matching jersey or shirt; however, it is clear a shirt would have buttoned to the interior of the waistband. Little usage, although there are a few stains.Thomas Palmer Bradfield was born 1899 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born in to one of Michigan's oldest mining families.His great grandfather, Charles Henry Palmer, was a pioneer investor and developer of mines and railroads in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His gr…

  • Hat Clip, about 1930

    Hat clips were attached to edges or bands of hats for that extra style or color.In this period they would have been added to small rather tight cloche hats; this Art Deco clip would have added real flair.This appears to be of phenol formaldehyde, often called Bakelite.Bakelite is really the trade name for plastics produced by Bakelite Ltd. in England and Bakelite Corporation in the United States; it is unclear if this was truly made by Bakelite.Most Art Deco plastics are referred to as Bakelite,…

  • Shoes, about 1930

    These are the style of shoes Elizabeth Parke Firestone appeared to favor in the late 1920s and 1930s. They have a "deco" look and feel.They were likely custom made to match a specific gown, now gone. Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustr…

  • Black Velvet and Lace Hostess Dress, about 1930-1932

    Black silk velvet hostess dress with neckline, hem and half of sleeves edged in beige machine lace. Short, semicircular demi-train. This dress is not labeled, but is believed to be a Stein & Blaine based on another black velvet hostess dress of a similar style that is owned The Henry Ford and has a Stein & Blaine label.

  • Shoes, about 1930

    This style of shoe was worn by Mrs. Firestone circa 1930. She is pictured wearing this style of shoe with her 10th wedding anniversary outfit in 1931. This pair was surely custom made to match a specific dress or outfit.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothin…

  • White Silk Organza Evening Dress, 1932-1933

    White silk organza evening dress. Bias-cut bodice with small pieces of organza forming cap/shawl sleeves which hook to center back straps. Criss-crossing straps covered with irridescent white sequins and tiny silver bugle beads. Full skirt covered with scallops, each edged with organza ruffle and decorated with sequins and beads. Self-fabric sash. Back closure of self-fabric buttons and loops. Cream silk crepe chemise. Clutch purse covered in irridescent sequins to match dress. Clothing label: J…

  • Shoes, about 1930

    These shoes may have been made for Elizabeth Parke Firestone's tenth anniversary gown (object number 89.492.569) designed by Peggy Hoyt in June 1931. The color is just about right. She was photographed on her anniversary wearing a very similar, if not the same, pair of shoes. The style is very typical of Mrs. Firestone's shoes circa 1930.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921…

  • Shoes, about 1930

    Mrs. Firestone likely had these shoes made to match a silk crepe dress of the same color, designed by Jean Patou: object number 89.492.450.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustrates her impeccable taste in fashion.

  • Shoes, about 1930

    Mrs. Firestone likely had these custom made to match a specific outfit, now gone. Edward Cohen was her preferred shoemaker in the 1920s and early 1930s.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustrates her impeccable taste in fashion.

  • Shoes, about 1930

    These shoes have no marking or indication of maker. However, we have an identical pair in the collection that also belonged to Mrs. Firestone made by George Pigeon of Brooklyn. Likely these are from the same maker. Mrs. Firestone surely had these custom made to match a specific outfit, now gone. Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most l…

  • Women's rose satin pumps with rhinestone buckle from the late '20s or early '30s

    A pair of woman's round toe, rose satin pumps trimmed at vamp with rhinestone buckle. Label: B. Siegel, Detroit, Shoes for the Occasion.

  • Women's black Persian lamb hat from the 1930s

    This woman's black Persian lamb hat is without a brim, is creased at its top, and has a 2 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon around its outside. The hat has a rounded point in front, and is lined in back with black satin.

  • Long sleeved dress of black wool from the 1930s

    This long sleeved woman's dress of black wool wool has a "V" shaped front insert of black Persian lamb at the neckline as well as a similar insert in back from neck to hemline. There are two square gold buttons 1 1/4" at shoulder on left side. The dress has a waist line with a fold of material down left side and pleats hooked by ribbon on inside. The left side fastening has seven eyes and one hook. The belt has two gold buttons, and a leather lining. The matching black Persian lamb, short…

  • Women's black wool and amber brown mink coat from the 1930s

    Woman's black wool and amber brown mink coat. It has a wide mink collar which can be worn up or spread out. The cape is also edged with mink. There are three lines of tucks running diagonally across the coat and on the cape and cuffs. It has side buttons. Label: "An Original Design by Peggy Hoyt, N.Y." Dated 10/20/32.

  • Women's silver leather sandals from the 1930s

    Woman's silver leather sandals with closed toe and heel, and open sides. The shoes have a strap buckle across the top. The leather is ridged and gives the effect of gathers across top of the front. Thick, 2 3/4" heel. Labels: Made exclusively for Metatarsal Footrest Shop, N.Y., and Foot Security, Supports the Metatarsal.

  • Women's black velvet and ermine cape from the 1930s

    This woman's black velvet and ermine cape is comprised of a straight tube of black velvet that is a below- knee-length. It is lined with white satin in a rice-paper pattern. The cape has armholes at shoulders, and a wide shawl collar of white ermine. It dips down in back to below waist length, and a band of ermine runs down the front to the hem. The collar is lined with black satin, and the velvet inner-lined with white wool. The cape is without fastenings though they may have been removed.…

  • Beaded Metallic Tissue Evening Gown, 1932

    Pale blue metallic tissue evening gown with leaf design in brocade, and full train. Gown aslo has epaulets on shoulders of rhinestones and crystal beads. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Rhinestone Embroidered Crepe Evening Gown, 1932

    Sea-foam green crepe evening gown with georgette bib collar embroidered in rhinestones. The gown has hanging tabs from shoulders of georgette and rhinestones. Accented with a rhinestone clasp on the front. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Georgette Party Dress Trimmed in Lace, 1932

    Black georgette party dress with neck and cuffs trimmed in beige lace. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Embroidered Wool Blouse, 1932

    White wool blouse embroidered with white, blue and pink open-work on the front and cuffs. This item was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.