An outstanding 3-piece snow suit in deep raspberry velvet, from the renowned Best & Co. ~ Liliputian Bazaar. Made c1940-50, this suit came from the family who originally bought it from Best & Co., New York City. In remarkably beautiful, pristine condition, ready to be worn and enjoyed. The suit comes with a full-length, double breasted coat, jodpher style zippered leggings and a pretty bonnet with a fetching bow.
The coat is princess style with distinctive box pleats from the waist at back, for comfort, grace and style. The central front closure has a double row of self-covered dome buttons, all original, present and secure. The buttons are held with velvet loops. The sleeves are slightly poufed and have cuffs at the hems. The cuffs are meticulously designed with reverse lining. The coat is fully lined with satiny lining fabric that matches the velvet in color. There is even the original spare button sewn inside, a pretty mother of pearl button that looks to be hand-cut. Label stating Liliputian Bazaar, Best & Co. Measurements: chest 24"; waist 24"; hips full; range shoulder to shoulder taken across back 11"; length neck to hem at back 19"; sleeve length 12 7/8".
The leggings are velvet snow pants held in place with velvet suspenders. Side opening with two substantial snaps that are original and work perfectly and stay closed when you want them to. Waist elasticized at back. The ankles are zippered and the zippers work. Each leg has its original leather security strap at the hem. Suspenders have silver toned buckles on them and are sewn crisscross at back. Fully lined in flannel fabric. Measurements: waist 22"; hips 26"; length waist to leg hem 23"; inseam 13"; length of each suspender a hair over 20".
The charming bonnet is velvet and lined in matching lining fabric. There is a length of self-cord around the crown, marked with a pretty bow. Chin strap that snaps securely. The brim extends 3/4 of the way and is 1 3/4" wide at center front, tapering to 1" at sides. Woven Best & Co. label. 19" crown circumference where it sits on the head; crown from brim to top center is about 4 1/2" deep.
This little girl's ensemble is a rare treasure to find, and is in such great condition, your littlest angel can wear it any time she wishes. Wonderful for those winter photo ops, too!