Vintage 1950 Black Cashmere Cardigan with Mink- New
Bust: 38 -39 inches + 96.5 - 99 cm
Waist: 28 -29 inches + 71 - 74 cm
Sleeve: 24 inches + 61 cm
Length: 19 inches + 48 cm
* Gorgeous black cashmere wool cardigan
* Removable honey coloured wide mink collar
* Rhinestone clasps secure at waistline
* Pearl decorative buttons on each sleeve sleeves
* Interior body fully lined in black lace with chiffon overlay
* Label reads Bernard Altmann
Bernhard Altmann founded his knitwear manufacturing business in Vienna in 1919. . His company was very successful and it grew to employ 1000 people by 1938. But in that year the German Anschluss put his business under pressure, and he fled to London. His brother was taken prisoner by the Nazis and Altmann was forced to sign over the business in return for his release. Altmann started a factory in Liverpool in 1938, which he had to abandon in 1939 as a result of the U.K. Enemy Alien Act of 1939 in which all nationals of enemy countries had to withdraw from coastline cities in three days after the declaration of war. They did not distinguish between Germans and displaced Austrian Jews, whose country had been absorbed into Germany. After Liverpool, he immigrated to the United States and started the cashmere business in 1947. After Bernhard Altmann’s retirement in 1955, his successor eventually sold off the U.S. operations to McGregor-Doniger in the 1970s. Bernhard Altmann was famous for his cashmere lines, but also produced clothes in Shetland wool and a lambswool/fur fibre blend called ‘Bernamere’. A 1960s advertising tagline for the company ran, ‘The Legend of a Great Knitter’. (curtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)
High quality cashmere cardigan. The cardigan is in excellent condition with no damage, holes or flaws that I can see. The only thing to mention is extremely slight pilling but not anything to detract from thhe beauty of this piece.. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.
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