1930s Monkey Fur Full-length Vest & Bolero

by Ellen Flanz, Bozeman Mont on April 21, 2011

Art Deco Fashion Vintage Monkey Fur Vest & Jacket

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There’s frequently an outre aspect to clothes from the 1930s – extravagant, exotic, and unique. This 1930s vintage monkey fur vest and jacket are uncommonly exceptional examples of Art Deco fashion. Luxurious and long sleeveless vest with coordinating bolero jacket – pair them for extra warmth or mix and match. The vest is lined in the same thick silk jacquard as the body of the bolero. Bolero has a thick and soft body consisting of two layers of silk over batting, with no closure, and padded shoulders. Vest has one hook very close to the neck – wear it open with rhinestone sautoirs for rock ‘n roll decadence.

Purchased from a local estate; only available for purchase by Montana residents. Professional stylist loans considered. Both pieces have been professionally cleaned by a favorite furrier whose name we’re more than happy to provide (we’re picky about with whom we trust our fine 1930s clothing.) No label.

And now no more monkeying around….

Before you whip out the credit card, a few words of caution regarding vintage fur consisting of endangered species pelts – this is important information often appearing online in the form of misinformation.

A casual consumer of vintage apparel is easily misinformed regarding the law. They cannot be completely faulted as they rely upon the alleged expertise and knowledge of merchants who act with both unintentional and convenient disregard for the laws in place.

Let’s set aside the first item of misinformation. Many will state with authority that items consisting of materials from endangered species that were made before the “Act” are fair to trade with impunity. The “Act” that someone refers to can be the Act amendments made in 1973, 1976, or 1978; regardless, the statement does not hold true. If a species is currently on the endangered list their trade is at minimum restricted or, in some cases, prohibited.

In the United States, dependent upon the species/animal in question, an item may only be sold to a resident of the same state as the residence of the seller, in other words, intrastate. Interstate sale is against the law. The USFWS goes so far as to caution that the “resident” buyer must be a legitimate resident and not a sometime resident (read: 2nd home, visitor, etc).

A second piece of prevalent misinformation that is perpetuated through repetition by self-interested sellers is that an item, “is *blank* and not on the endangered species list” and therefore kosher. A good example of this is the sale of what sellers refer to as different “colobus” monkeys, often vellerosus or guereza. As of this writing, there are 49 examples on eBay alone, repeating incorrect information. Vellerosus and guereza are listed.

In addition to easy examples like leopard, many seal, and monkey furs, and even feathers, a lot of materials can trip up the uninformed seller and buyer. The simplest thing to do – whether as a buyer or seller – is to stop relying on convenient information and ask the right questions yourself. The agents at US Fish & Wildlife are good people and available to answer all of your questions. Helpful links are provided below.

Fish & Wildlife Service’s list of species

Where to find your local contact information

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c. 1930 vintage monkey fur jacket with silk body

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