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  • Suit of Coat, Vest, and Trousers, about 1920-1940

    According to our records, the suit belonged to Henry Ford.Born in 1863 on a farm in what is now Dearborn, Michigan, Henry Ford parlayed a youthful aptitude for engineering into a career as an automotive innovator and founder/president of Ford Motor Company. Among his ideas were the introduction of the first moving automobile assembly line, affordable pricing, fair wages for employees, and the vertical integration of manufacturing processes from raw materials to the finished product. His many phi…

  • Dress Coat, about 1790-1810

    A very fashionable warm weather coat for a man, perhaps even a"dandy."The thin and barely lined, large pockets on interior skirt were very popular circa 1800.The coat is a rare survival.

  • Duster, about 1915

    The material does not feel as if it is all wool--perhaps wool and cotton or wool and linen. Worn by Willis C. Ward, it is typical in the styling of men's driving dusters. The material, however, is uncommon, as most dusters were generally linen. Willis C. Ward was born in 1861 to one of Michigan's wealthest families of the 19th century. His father David Ward, made his fortune in lumber and acquired and sold timbered land throughout the United States.

  • Evening Dress and Coat, about 1961

    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.

  • Women's golden brown plush cloak from the nineteenth century

    This woman's golden brown plush cloak was purchased at Newcomb Endicott. The ankle length coat is single breasted with twelve mother of pearl buttons. Tight sleeves with slight puff at shoulder, rounded stand-up collar edged with rust color ostrich feathers. Shaped for bustle in the back, and slit from hem to waist. Yoke, sleeves, front, slit, and hem are decorated with black braid in an elaborate pattern. Lined with brown satin. Worn by donor's cousin, Augusta D. Von Schrader, a Detroit scho…

  • Women's silk plush evening coat from the nineteenth century

    This woman's silk plush evening coat has sleeves of heavy grosgrain silk gathered into large puff on top. The round fur (probably fox)stand-up collar is two and a half inches in height. The fur continues down the right side to the hips. There are four large buttons in the back, and another four are in the front. The coat fastens with hooks and eyes, and has a dark brown silk twill lining. The garment was bought at Taylor-Woolfenden, Detroit. Worn by Jane Lynn Patterson, whose husband was an…

  • Women's black silk faille dolman from the nineteenth century

    This is a woman's black silk faille dolman with braid jet and fringe trim. It has a quilted lining. See matching dress number 48.47.4.

  • Women's coat with strips of white wool yarn and white silk floss from the 1920s

    This woman's coat has knit strips of white wool yarn and white silk floss. The collar and cuffs are of white chenille with flowers of white chenille edged with grey chenille. There is one button at the lower left front. Label: "Pack-Wolin, Detroit."

  • Black crepe women's coat from the early twentieth century

    This black crepe, loose-fitting women's coat has a very wide black Persian lamb fur collar. The long, loose sleeves are heavily embroidered with flower and leaf patterns in rust, turquoise and gold metallic threads. The coat is fastened by one button at the center front and a snap at the throat. The lining is rust colored crepe. Label: "Importers, B. Siegel Co., Detroit, Mich."

  • Women's evening coat with elaborate pink and gold braid trim from the 1920s

    This straight, pinkish beige jersey women's evening coat has elaborate pink and gold braid trim. There is a small, high double turnover collar suggestive of a mandarin. The coat has a one button closing, and a beige lining. Label: "D. J. Healy Shops, Detroit."

  • Man's beaver fur overcoat from the nineteenth century

    This man's beaver fur overcoat is double breasted and fastens in the front with five "frogs" and ten fur covered buttons. it has a slash pocket on each side, and two breast pockets in its interior. The sleeves have turn-back cuffs, and the coat is lined with black sateen. The beaver pelts were obtained from American Indians living north of Grand Marais on Lake Superior in 1883. The pelts were sent to New York City to be dressed. They were then returned to Detroit, and made into an overcoat by…

  • Women's red wool coat with mink collar from the 1940s

    Woman's red wool coat with mink collar and cuffs. The coat measures 54" from shoulder to hem. It has two buttons at the waist, wide lapels, a fitted front, and a fuller back. Label in neck: Julie Inc. Fisher Building, Detroit.

  • Women's knee-length brown and black wool coat from the 1950s

    Women's knee-length, knubby textured brown and black wool coat. The double breasted coat has a narrow collar, and a lapel of black wool. It is fitted over the chest, and flares out at the hips. The flare is increased by padding on the hips The sleeves stop a little short of the wrists. Graduated size buttons. The coat was purchased by the donor in 1955 or 1956 at Julie's Inc. for $350.00. Label: "William Popper, From a Design by Charles James."

  • 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 red velvet evening coat lined with white satin from the early twentieth century

    Woman's red velvet evening coat lined with white satin. It is a wrap-around "kimono" style with long dolman sleeves. The lapel and cuffs are trimmed with pink embroidery having metallic threads. Label: J. Hock, Detroit.

  • Women's beige wool coat from the 1940s

    Woman's beige wool coat with a wide shawl collar and cuffs of brown mouton fur. The coat has a single gray button at the waist, and two large darts in the back. It has a peach satin lining, with a design of bows stitched in grey silk. Belonged to Blanche Davidson, donor's aunt (Betty Conzelman). Label in back: Sax Kay Detroit.

  • Women's navy blue wool coat from the late 1930s to mid 1940s

    Woman's navy blue wool coat in a below-the-knee length. The princess line coat is single breasted, and its front seams end in pleats on the breast and skirt. The long narrow sleeves are decorated with a large triangular panel of drawn thread work. The coat has a false collar of drawn thread, wide padded shoulders, and six large buttons with a faint wood grain. It is lined with navy taffeta. Label: Hattie Carnegie, Inc.

  • Women's off-white, wool twill evening coat from the 1960s or 70s

    Woman's off-white, wool twill evening coat. The ankle length garment has seam pockets, and is single breasted with four bound button closings, mandarin collar, and raglan sleeves. The lower half of coat has applied bright red and black exagerated scallops. Label: B.H. Wragge. Worn by fashion-beauty consultant Mira Linder.

  • Women's single breasted, gold suede coat from the 1960s

    Woman's single breasted, gold suede coat with four gold-color, composition buttons, rounded collar, pockets at side seams, and overstitching in front. The straight sleeves have a vent at the cuff. The three-quarters length coat is lined in gold wool jersey. Worn by donor. Label: A Bonnie Cashin Design, Sills and Co.

  • Women's winter coat of black novelty wool from the 1940s

    Woman's winter coat of black novelty wool with Russian sable collar, and wide lapels. The coat is double breasted, has long narrow sleeves, and six black plastic disc buttons. One large patch pocket is on each side. The coat has a heavy ivory satin lining, and two mother-of-pearl buttons inside. Label: Traina Norell, N.Y., and Julie, Inc. Fisher Building Detroit.