A vintage, silver tone collar bar with decorative zigzag styling across the front. This collar bar has no maker’s mark and is 2 inches in total length. This vintage collar bar has an art deco influence in its styling. It is in excellent vintage codition.
Please remember this is vintage jewelry. Vintage items are usually used and may show some signs of “normal wear” that comes with this use and age. As we describe each piece if we find any flaws or defects we will point them out in the description. If we have replaced any parts or made other repairs, we will also note these in the description.
The collar bar was the predecessor of the collar pin from the early 1900’s which was used to hold highly starched shirt collars down. As fashion moved to silk shirts which could not handle the heavy starch and then to turn down collars which were softer, the collar bar appeared. The collar bar gained popularity in the 1920’s and 1930’s when men like Fred Astaire were spotted wearing them in movies. The tie pin and later tie bar slightly elevated the tie but the look was considered to be savvy and sophisticated. The collar bar saw a revival in 1987 when Michael Douglas wore them in the movie Gordon Gekko. Even as recently as 2015 you could spot the characters in the TV series Mad Men wearing collar bars. Collar bars could be simple, well decorated or even have semi-precious stones in them.
Wearing Tips: If you choose to wear a collar bar or pin, you should keep in mind that you will need a tie with very little to no lining so the knot you tie will be small and not cause your collar to become wrinkled. Also keep in mind that you should choose a shirt with a narrow gap between the collar sides as your collar pin must be able to clasp each side of the collar.