• Short Summary

    An item about a "fur matchers" which has been repairing fur coats and hats for several generations.

  • Description

    Bishopsgate, London.

    C/U of a damaged section of a fur coat. M/S of Ben Herman, the son of the firm's founder, examining the damaged fur which is stretched out on a table surrounded by bundles of old fur coats. Ben takes another fur from a rail and holds it next to the damaged fur. Having rejected this fur, Ben selects another and matches it to the damaged fur. C/U showing the similarity of the two specimens. The narrator explains that this is the repair workshop of a "fur matchers" - one of only a few in this country. Ben uses a large razor blade to cut a strip from the fur. C/U of the new strip being held next to the damaged section.

    C/U of a peer's coronet lying on a red velvet cloak - a peer's mantle. A hand comes into frame and lays a small bundle of ermine tails next to the coronet. M/S of Philip Herman, Ben's brother, selecting ermine tails and laying them against the collar of the mantle. C/U of the tails being placed on the collar. The narrator makes a joke about "how little respect the moths of today have for society".

    M/S of a young man, Michael Herman, Ben's nephew, opening a cardboard box. He unwraps tissue paper inside the box and takes out two halves of a mink bikini! Michael holds up the bikini bottoms and examines them. He then picks up the strapless mink bikini bra - very Wilma Flintstone! Michael smirks as he shows the bra to the camera. He then picks up a tape measure and measures the bikini bottoms. He picks up a bundle of furs and places them on the table next to the bikini and rifles through them comparing different strips.

    M/S of Mr. Smith holding a Tsars hat, looking through a selection of fur coats hanging in a rail. He selects a piece of black fur and lays on the table next to the hat. The table is covered in leopard skin and lying on it are several other military hats. Mr. S. compares the black fur to the Tsars hat before picking up a hussar's hat and carrying it over to a row of fur coats. He then takes a coat with similar fur to the hat off the rail.

    C/U of a dead mink's head being held up to the camera. Panning shot to a fur sporran. Panning shot to a Davy Crocket style hat.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:16:00 / 01:02:47:00
    CP 152

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