Day coat, sealskin, 1928

Made by W Creamer and Co, 56 Bold Street, Liverpool

Accession number WAG 2001.45.4

Long black fur coat

Sealskin coat, fully lined with black silk and silk satin in a checkered weave.

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.

Clothes label

Detail of label inside coat

The label inside the coat reads:

'Furriers by appointment
HM Queen Alexandra
W. Creamer and Co.Ladies' tailors
56, Bold St., Liverpool.'