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Maroon coat

Maroon coat with single button and fur on collar and cuffs

Wool and rabbit fur, about 1925-30

Accession number 1967.187.2

Labelled Cripps, Sons & Co, 12-14 & 16 BOLD STREET, LIVERPOOL

Coat of maroon-coloured wool, fully lined with maroon-coloured silk. Loose fitting, fastening in centre front with one large plastic button at low waist level. 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.