Bow Tie, worn by Doc Cheatham

Bow Tie, worn by Doc Cheatham

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This bow tie was made by Brooks Brothers. It is an adjustable self-tie style bow tie with “thistle” wings, made of blue, white, and red plaid cotton fabric. This bow tie was worn by jazz musician Aldolphus "Doc" Cheatham. There is an embroidered label:

BROOKS BROTHERS
MAKERS
ALL COTTON
ESTABLISHED 1818

This bow tie features U. S. Patent #2125715, dated August 2, 1938, by Claire Goldenberg for an adjustable necktie

and U. S. Patent #2208026, dated July 16, 1940 by Claire Goldenberg for adjustable fastening construction.

Adolphus Anthony “Doc” Cheatham (1905-1997), first learned to play saxophone as well as trumpet. Early in his career, Cheatham performed with the African American Vaudeville theater in Nashville. Around 1924, Cheatham moved to Chicago where he heard trumpeters King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, both would have a lifelong influence on Cheatham’s playing.

Cheatham performed with several jazz musicians including Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Goodman throughout the 1930s to the 1960s. In the 1970s, Cheatham worked to improve his playing by recording and listening to himself. After the age of 70, Cheatham’s self-assessment work would result in him receiving his best acclamations and critical reviews.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
necktie
user
Cheatham, Doc
maker
Brooks Brothers
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 33 in x 2 1/2 in; 83.82 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
2002.0218.04
patent number
2125715
2208026
accession number
2002.0218
catalog number
2002.0218.04
Credit Line
Gift of Amanda N. Cheatham
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Jazz
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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