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This is an amazing set of early J. Press braces and matching garters. The design is called "Daphne" and I believe it was originally a Calvin Curtis design which was licensed to J. Press at some point. These are NOT Calvin Curtis repros that have been marketed by Trafalgar in more recent years - these are real deal 1930s into early 1940s vintage as evidenced by mention of the Princeton shop on the J. Press logo. The Princeton store was only open for a short period of time - approximately 1935 to 1942. The braces themselves would be considered a fairly rare find but adding the matching sock garters makes this set a vintage coup. I have not found another set available in my research.

As if these braces aren't cool enough on their own, check out my last photo of Benny Goodman wearing the same braces. Just use the zoom feature to check out the design. Fantastic!

The braces do have some age discoloration and, I suspect, a bit of color fade which is evident in the photos. Both the leather and elastic of the braces are in great condition. The leather of the button thongs has some loose stitches but nothing that affects function. You might choose to have the silk ribbon of both the braces and garters cleaned and I would suggest, in order to maintain the integrity of all fabric, elastic, and leather, that a specialty dry cleaner be found. I cannot guarantee to any degree what level of cleaning can be obtained so please research your cleaner carefully. The elastic of the garters has definitely lost some of its spring. The garters are adjustable so you might be able to adjust to your needed size and comfort level or you may want to have the elastic professionally replaced.

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RESERVED Vintage 1930s 1940s Mens Braces Garter Set -- Rare J. Press Silk Brocade Ribbon "Daphne" Set - Trad Ivy Style


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: silk brocade ribbon, leather
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