Coat, wool and rabbit fur, about 1925-30

Made by Cripps, Sons and Co, 12-14 and 16 Bold Street, Liverpool

Accession number WAG 1967.187.2

Coat of maroon-coloured wool lined with silk. Deep stand-up collar and cuffs of brindle-coloured rabbit fur.

Many of Emily Tinne's coats and other outdoor garments are made of fur. Real fur was widely used in fashionable dress during the 1920s and 1930s. Unlike today there was no debate about the ethics of using fur in clothing.

Despite having a wide range of expensive fur coats, she hardly ever wore any of them. Her family believe that she bought many of them during the Depression, so that Liverpool's poorly-paid shop assistants could receive the much-needed commission on the sale.