Vintage 1950s to 1960s Men's Silver Plated Metal Clip-on Collar Bar or Collar Stay.
Historically, the collar bar first surfaced in the beginning of the 20th century. The turndown collar was still in its infancy and, unlike today, was very strongly starched and hard. Silk collars however, were simply too delicate for the starch and so someone had the idea to connect the collar with a pin in order to give it a better shape and a neat look. As a result of this pin, the tie was slightly elevated which also looked quite sophisticated. Over the following decades, the collar bar cycled in and out of fashion: Fred Astaire wore it frequently in the 20’s and 30’s and it was also spotted in movies—Paul Muni in Scarface is a perfect example for that. In Germany, it regained popularity in the 1950s, and the 1960s in the U.S. In 1987, Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street infamously wore his boldly striped shirts as well as his collar pins and thus caused a little revival of this accessory. Today, the TV Series Mad Men shows certain characters wearing a collar bar.
There are a few different kind of collar pins. This one is a clip on style which does not require a special shirt. This collar bar has circular tension clips on reverse and simply slides onto each collar. The collar bar measures 2" in length and and is well made and in nice vintage condition! While unmarked, we believe this one is silver plated as there is some tarnishing which should polish out.
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