German Schoolwear:  Eton Collar

Figure 1.--This German boy wears an Eton collar and large bow. he image is undated, but we would guess about 1900. The photographer has retouched the boy's eye. Image courtesy of the MD collection.

Large numbers of British boys of all social classes wore Eton collar to school in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We note far fewer German boys wearing Eton collars to school. We do not note large numbers of German boys wearing Eton collars, although we have few 19th century images at this time. I am not sure why the Eton collar was not very popular in Germany, probanly it was perceived as an English style.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: November 18, 2002
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