Black silk, with a procession of red woven fish running (or should I say swimming?) the entire length of the tie.
With the label of the Cambridge outfitter, Bodger and Co.
Bertie Wooster would have loved the outrageous novelty design - Jeeves would doubtless have detested it.
Single ended, self tie style.
I must confess that I have never seen another one quite like it.
I have no idea whether the fish had some symbolic significance, such as a Christian symbol or an angling club.
The size of the finished bow is about 3 1/2 inches (9.cm) long by 2 1/4 inches (6 cm) tall.
Suitable for evening dress, or other black tie occasions - perhaps the angling club's annual ball?
(If you can't quite remember how to tie a bow tie, please let me know when you pay, and I will include some guidance on how to tie it.)
Specialist dry clean only.
This bow tie will fit collar sizes up to about 17 1/2 inches.
Vintage bow tie in fairly good condition, but quite delicate because of its age.
It has clearly been worn several times (presumably because of its very unusual design!).
There is one tiny quarter-inch rip in the silk, near the maker's label, but this is not noticeable when you are wearing it.
It feels as if the lining has rucked up a little in places.
This bow tie is probably the best part of a century old, and while it is certainly still fit to wear, it definitely doesn't look new, and would not last long in everyday use.
Please handle with care and respect for its advanced age.