FrenchSilkScarf

Vintage Silk Scarves, neckerchiefs, cravats from France

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Announcement    What makes French Silk Scarves so special? Discover with me, as well as 20+ ways to wear them (men and women) and even some lesser known French designers of scarves I can truly recommend~

Research and Writings On French Silk Scarves:
* Discover French Scarves: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/scarf/
(includes 20 ways to wear a scarf for Women)
* What makes a French Silk Scarf so Special? https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk-scarf/
(includes 11 ways to wear a scarf for Men)
* French Designers: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/lesser-known-french-designers/
* All about French Silk: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk/
* All my related French Silk Scarf writings: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/tag/vintage-scarves/

'French Silk Scarf' offers only silk (soie) vintage scarves from France. The occasional neckerchief may join the club or the odd pocket square and unique handkerchief, all in fabulous silk of course.

Wrapping: All my items are uniquely and beautifully packaged prior to sending.
Personal messages can be added if sending as a gift. Simply mark your purchase as a Gift to add this free option. Additional Extra Special Gift Wrapping is available, which packages it up with ribbons, and includes a gift tag.

Eras & Silk Scarves ~
I have a particular passion for scarves from the 1950s & 60s, with their hand rolled and sewn edges and uniqueness of design. The quality of silk from this era is superb, often wonderfully thick (for silk).

The 1970s & 80s tend towards finer silks, raw and chiffon. More delicate in style, but still wonderfully long lasting.

Scarves from the 1930s or prior World War II are often of a thinner, lighter weight silk. Scarves from the 1940s particularly lent themselves to roses designs in trend. Antique scarves tend toward more texture, whether in the silk or the design.

The size of the scarf is often also indicative of the age or era, with scarves after the 1920s starting small and gaining in size each decade.

Cleaning Silk -
It is possible to hand wash most silk scarves. The older the better. Quality Scarves from before 1970 hold their colour much better. After 1970, or hand painted, the colour is much more likely to bleed. It is always best to test a corner first, preferably a dark colour. If the colour is not stable, dry cleaning is recommended. I clean all my silk scarves before photographing.

You can iron or steam all silk scarves. Use a clean iron with steam setting on high. Iron on the reverse side whenever possible. Avoid ironing any 3 dimensional embellishments. Test a corner first, before ironing the whole scarf, if you have never pressed silk before.

For awareness ~
It is actually very rare to find an authentic vintage scarf in pristine condition. If you are looking to purchase, particularly a designer scarf, be aware that if it is over a half a century old and the condition is 'like new' (without a reason why), it is very probably a fake. Prices don't always reflect genuineness, but condition often will.

I classify anything below 65 cm (25.5 inches) as a neckerchief and below 40 cm (16 inches) as a pocket square. Both of which make great hair ties or purse accessories, too.

Vintage is over 20 years old and antique is over 100 years of age.

I am always seeking the unique, the unusual and those that are particularly special, to offer you in my shop.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 7, 2021

What makes French Silk Scarves so special? Discover with me, as well as 20+ ways to wear them (men and women) and even some lesser known French designers of scarves I can truly recommend~

Research and Writings On French Silk Scarves:
* Discover French Scarves: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/scarf/
(includes 20 ways to wear a scarf for Women)
* What makes a French Silk Scarf so Special? https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk-scarf/
(includes 11 ways to wear a scarf for Men)
* French Designers: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/lesser-known-french-designers/
* All about French Silk: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk/
* All my related French Silk Scarf writings: https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/tag/vintage-scarves/

'French Silk Scarf' offers only silk (soie) vintage scarves from France. The occasional neckerchief may join the club or the odd pocket square and unique handkerchief, all in fabulous silk of course.

Wrapping: All my items are uniquely and beautifully packaged prior to sending.
Personal messages can be added if sending as a gift. Simply mark your purchase as a Gift to add this free option. Additional Extra Special Gift Wrapping is available, which packages it up with ribbons, and includes a gift tag.

Eras & Silk Scarves ~
I have a particular passion for scarves from the 1950s & 60s, with their hand rolled and sewn edges and uniqueness of design. The quality of silk from this era is superb, often wonderfully thick (for silk).

The 1970s & 80s tend towards finer silks, raw and chiffon. More delicate in style, but still wonderfully long lasting.

Scarves from the 1930s or prior World War II are often of a thinner, lighter weight silk. Scarves from the 1940s particularly lent themselves to roses designs in trend. Antique scarves tend toward more texture, whether in the silk or the design.

The size of the scarf is often also indicative of the age or era, with scarves after the 1920s starting small and gaining in size each decade.

Cleaning Silk -
It is possible to hand wash most silk scarves. The older the better. Quality Scarves from before 1970 hold their colour much better. After 1970, or hand painted, the colour is much more likely to bleed. It is always best to test a corner first, preferably a dark colour. If the colour is not stable, dry cleaning is recommended. I clean all my silk scarves before photographing.

You can iron or steam all silk scarves. Use a clean iron with steam setting on high. Iron on the reverse side whenever possible. Avoid ironing any 3 dimensional embellishments. Test a corner first, before ironing the whole scarf, if you have never pressed silk before.

For awareness ~
It is actually very rare to find an authentic vintage scarf in pristine condition. If you are looking to purchase, particularly a designer scarf, be aware that if it is over a half a century old and the condition is 'like new' (without a reason why), it is very probably a fake. Prices don't always reflect genuineness, but condition often will.

I classify anything below 65 cm (25.5 inches) as a neckerchief and below 40 cm (16 inches) as a pocket square. Both of which make great hair ties or purse accessories, too.

Vintage is over 20 years old and antique is over 100 years of age.

I am always seeking the unique, the unusual and those that are particularly special, to offer you in my shop.

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"Why do I love mid-century French silk scarves particularly? Because they had some of the most detailed, quirky, original, one of a kind designs of all the decades."
"Antique scarves are truly special. Rare finds. Each original because they have been individually made. The attention to detail is beyond words."
"Our garden has gone wild, and I am loving it! An inspirational spot to work on my shop. Lucky me!"
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About FrenchSilkScarf

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On Etsy since 2018

Did you know there are more than 50 ways (maybe even 100) to tie a scarf?

A scarf is an opportunity to wear art. It packages up small and is easily transportable. It can be the colours that pull and outfit together, or a statement against a monochrome background. A scarf has such versatility in how it's worn, whether a man or woman. It is the ultimate accessory.

11 reasons why a French Silk Scarf is so special - https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/french-silk-scarf/ (which includes 11 ways to tie a scarf for Men)

and

to my mind, Why a Scarf is better than Jewellery -
https://www.pumpjackpiddlewick.com/scarf/ (which includes 20 ways for a woman to wear a scarf)

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  • Alycea

    Owner

    I adore 1950s clothes, especially scarves. Wearable art. And versatile. I love all things vintage for the quality, the uniqueness. Visit our other shop Pumpjack & Piddlewick for more vintage finds. www.etsy.com/shop/PumpjackPiddlewick

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Last updated on Jun 3, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Types and Quality of Silk

Quality scarves from the 1950s & 60s, tend to have hand rolled and sewn edges and a certain uniqueness of design. The quality of silk from this era is superb, wonderfully thick (for silk).

The 1970s & 80s tend towards finer silks, raw and chiffon. More delicate in style, but still wonderfully long lasting.

Sizing details

We classify anything below 65 cm (25.5 inches) as a neckerchief and below 40 cm (16 inches) as a pocket square.

For all our silk items, you will find the size in centimeters and inches in the listing description for your convenience.

What does Vintage mean?

Vintage or Antique means not new / used / second hand / previously owned.

Vintage is older than 20 years and less than 100 years old.
Antique is over 100 years old, eg before 1920.
Retro is a style statement, generally referring to the latter half of the 20th century and often particularly the 1950s and 60s.

We do our best to describe each item accurately, including any imperfections. We use the pictures to try and show you all aspects of the item. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or request additional photos.