Information on a Fur Coat?

Information on a Fur Coat - full length reddish brown fur coat
If you inherit or receive a vintage fur coat as a gift and are looking to identify the type of fur, age, and value you will likely need to contact a retail shop that can help identify it. Resale shops that trade in vintage clothing are also a possible resource for your inquiries.


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February 5, 2020

I received this fur coat from an elderly friend's mother, who has passed away. Does anyone know what kind of fur it is?

Does anyone know the value of this type of coat? Information on a Fur Coat - full length reddish brown fur coat

Thank you for your help.

Information on a Fur Coat


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February 5, 20201 found this helpful

It is very hard to tell from a photo what you have.

Do you have a vintage clothing store in your town? I suggest having them look at it in person and identifying it for you.


Once they ID it, post back and I can help you value it. Ask at the shop what they would offer for it just to get an idea of value in your town, vs national value online.

A friend just took a fur to one of our non-chain vintage stores. They paid cash on the spot for one of her coats and she got more than the online value, which was good.

The other it turned out was badly damaged. The gal showed us what to look for...which are things not apparent at first glance.

They gave her info for what to do with it, which was to donate it to an animal rescue so it could be used for animals who were recovering from a surgery or illness.


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February 5, 20201 found this helpful

There is no way to tell anything from pictures of furs.
Generally on finer fur coats there is a label telling what type of cleaning is necessary but not all will have it.


You may be able to Google 'fur coat cleaners' to see if there is a cleaners near by that handles fur coats. If one is available I would suggest you take it to them to see if they will tell you the type of fur and the price to clean and condition it.
The cost is usually $45-$75 according to where you live.
You do not have to leave it (unless you want it professionally cleaned.
This will tell you the type of fur and probably they will tell you the overall condition (they should tell you all of this before they agree to clean it).

Someone may be able to help you find a value if you supply this information.

As general information: there are several ways to clean some furs by home methods but you would need to know what kind of fur you have before trying any of these methods.


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February 6, 20201 found this helpful

This is around a 1940s or so style coat and it is so hard to tell what the fur is on this coat. I would take this to a vintage resale shop in your area and see if they can help you out.


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February 9, 20201 found this helpful

Take this coat to a professional! This is not a piece to second guess. It would be worth it, to know what it really is, so you would know it's value, how to care for it, and also for insurance purpose!


Beautiful whatever the outcome! Good luck!

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