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Scarves & Wraps - General

Solame of biblical lore seductively danced for King Herod draped in seven veils, at least according to Oscar Wilde's telling of the story. But she would hardly be the last to keep herself under wraps for warmth, ornamentation, and an air of mystery.

The scarf is believed to have originated in Ancient Rome when Romans used them to keep perspiration at bay. But what began as a glorified handkerchief is today capable of effortlessly elevating any ensemble.

Once year-round staples for style-savvy women, scarves and wraps eventually faded into the fashion background. But these malleable expanses of material have made a strong comeback. Today, Hermès of Paris, appreciated for its iconic silk scarves, is but one highly coveted producer of silken panels. Other French brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Saint Laurent have loyal followings, as do Italian labels Gucci, Versace, and Etro.

Whether rendered in silk, wool, cashmere, or other material, vintage scarves and wraps by big-name designers and lesser-known independent makers alike have enduring appeal.


Quick Facts

  • A set of eight YSL scarves from the '70s and '80s sold at a Christie's auction in London in 2008 for £500
  • In a 2014 Austin auction, a Fendi fringed cashmere shawl embellished with mink fur rosettes sold for $425
  • In August 2014, a rare '40s silk scarf with a geometric design conceived by American abstract artist Irene Rice Pereira sold on eBay for $1,100

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2X FENDI scarves, as new with tags, 50x50cm
May 30, 7:00 PM AEST
2X FENDI scarves, as new with tags, 50x50cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD405 Bids
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Vintage Towers And Buildings San Francisco Bay Explosion 1939 Silk Scarf
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Towers And Buildings San Francisco Bay Explosion 1939 Silk Scarf
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
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Vintage White Rose, Lace, Scarf, Or Wrap
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage White Rose, Lace, Scarf, Or Wrap
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$43 Bids
A Shirt & Scarf Marked Western Sydney Wanderers, Size S
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Shirt & Scarf Marked Western Sydney Wanderers, Size S
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD253 Bids
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Echo Wool 100% Green And Black Scarf
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Echo Wool 100% Green And Black Scarf
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$43 Bids
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Vintage Blues Paisley 100% Silk Scarf Square
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Blues Paisley 100% Silk Scarf Square
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Kashmir Shawl
May 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Kashmir Shawl
by Austria Auction Company
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€5002 Bids
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Vintage Cjon Silk Embroidery With Fringe Scarf Or Wrap
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Cjon Silk Embroidery With Fringe Scarf Or Wrap
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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Light, Pink And Cream, Flower, Infinity Scarf
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Light, Pink And Cream, Flower, Infinity Scarf
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
Three Scarves, One Cashmere
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Three Scarves, One Cashmere
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
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Vintage Blue Green Silk Scarf Wrap
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Blue Green Silk Scarf Wrap
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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Vintage Liz Claiborne, Colorful Silk Scarf
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Liz Claiborne, Colorful Silk Scarf
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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Vintage Stella And Dot Red And White With Black Neck Scarf Or Shaw
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Stella And Dot Red And White With Black Neck Scarf Or Shaw
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
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Vintage Yellow With Pink Butterflies, Flowers Square, Scarf, Or Wrap
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Yellow With Pink Butterflies, Flowers Square, Scarf, Or Wrap
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
1920s Manila Embroidered Silk Piano Shawl
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
1920s Manila Embroidered Silk Piano Shawl
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
LOT DIVERSE SJAALS VOOR VROUWEN
May 20, 10:00 AM CEST
LOT DIVERSE SJAALS VOOR VROUWEN
by DEWIT Auctions
Est: €30- €100
€101 Bid
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Vintage Railroad Motif 100% Acrylic Scarf
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Railroad Motif 100% Acrylic Scarf
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Bibi Hilton's White Fur Stole
May 25, 7:00 AM PDT
Bibi Hilton's White Fur Stole
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1601 Bid
LONCHAMP PARIS
May 20, 10:00 AM CEST
LONCHAMP PARIS
by DEWIT Auctions
Est: €30- €100
€101 Bid
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Vintage GLENTEX Red And White With Sailboats Silk Scarf
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage GLENTEX Red And White With Sailboats Silk Scarf
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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Vintage Black Cat Pink, Print, Scarf Or Wrap
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Black Cat Pink, Print, Scarf Or Wrap
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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Vintage Original 70s Head Scarf With Pleaded And String Tie, Red With Flowers
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Original 70s Head Scarf With Pleaded And String Tie, Red With Flowers
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid

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