Antique Fur Cape 1870s Black Skunk Auto Robe Sleigh Fur Wrap Gothic Viking Beautiful Wretched Rock N Roll Fabulous by JH Bishop Co Detroit

Antique Fur Cape 1870s Black Skunk Auto Robe Sleigh Fur Wrap Gothic Viking Beautiful Wretched Rock N Roll Fabulous by JH Bishop Co Detroit


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Antique 1870s past vintage to antique, HUGE BLACK SKUNK FUR ANTIQUE CAPE Circa 1875 - 1914, dense, long, course fur cape, warm, quilted lining, HUGE fold over collar, broad sweep, hook & eyes from neck to hem, in good antique condition with minor drying at edge of collar & a missing hook. Made for warmth.

Length: 23 inches (58.4 CM)
Collar: 9 inches (22.9 CM)
Sweep: 93 inches (236.2 CM)
Brand: J H Bishop Co
Material: Genuine Skunk Fur
Circa: 1901 - 1914
Country of Origin: USA
Condition: very good antique condition. Have not cleaned or glazed it yet, which will likely raise it to excellent condition with minor flaws. One hook and eye is ripped out. There is minor fur loss in the seat, collar is a little dry but for its age, item is in outrageously awesome condition.

AMAZING FUR CAPE, BLACKEST of BLACK, Gothic & unique. This was likely a Sleigh or Auto Fur Robe or made to wear over your fur jacket in inclement weather. I had to lighten the photos to show detail, but this beauty is BLACK, a 'BLACK HOLE' sort of black. I believe it absorbs light, perhaps energy, maybe even your soul.

Not anxious to part with this amazing treasure, so it isnt exactly priced to sell.There are no words... to describe... the fabulousness... of this item.

In 1874, Jerome H. Bishop founded a tannery on the former site of the Wyandot Indian village, selling top quality, fur & leather apparel, until its closure in 1917.

Excerpts from an article published in The News Herald ' Voice of Downriver'
Published: Thursday, September 01, 2011:

When gold was discovered in the Klondike in 1897, the stampede was on. Throughout North America, clerks closed their ledgers, mechanics put down their wrenches, lawyers fled their clients and husbands abandoned their wives in search of adventure and riches along the Yukon trail. Many of those hopeful prospectors cloaked themselves in Bishop furs as they headed north, to Alaska.

The first two decades of the 20th century were a period of transition, when the horse and the automobile existed side by side. The company’s advertising reflected this, describing their wares as both sleigh and auto fur robes. According to the 1909 catalog, prices for fur coats ranged from $15 for the dubious sounding “Bishop Black Dog” to more than $200 for a mink. In 1914, the war in Europe caused worldwide disruption in supply and demand. Faced with a loss of markets, the decision was made to end operations.



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Save a critters life by re-using & re-purchasing vintage leather & fur. If well kept, treasures such as these can last many years. I believe that it is a credit to the animal that lost its life, to recycle & reuse such items whenever possible. Do not perpetuate the use of new, when these glorious pieces of old still exist *smile*

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PLEASE NOTE 1: Our furs are professionally stored and therefore can take up to a week before they are shipped. If this is an issue for you... please contact me about other options.

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1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 3 - 5 business days
  • Europe : 3 - 5 business days
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania : 3 - 5 business days

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Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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Shipping furs & ornate gowns

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