These fur scarves, wraps, or boas (I’ve seen many different names) were a terror to me as a child. My grandmother had one and I was convinced that she was wearing an entire dead animal around her neck. Since then I have learned that the heads and claws weren’t real and were often artfully disguised clips. The pelts were made from many different animals. I’m not sure this information would have made me feel better at the time.
This style of fur had a long fashion lifespan. First popular in the 1920s, there was another revival in the 1940s, continuing into the following decade. I date this photo to the period from late 1940s to the early 1950s, given the slim-waisted peplum suits. Their outfits are similar but not identical. The larger woman on the left wears a fuller skirt, while her slimmer companion has a straight skirt with a front slit. Their wraps are not the same either. The woman on the right has a more elaborate version, with two big tails.
What do you think about vintage fur? People used to be afraid to wear it, but isn’t it a better option than faux fur made of polyester? If you have an old fur piece and don’t want to wear it, consider donating it to an animal shelters. Little furry animals love to snuggle in something that feels familiar. (I thank my sister, the animal lover, for this tip.)