Ben Silver just sent out a wonderful catalog for their large selection of regimental ties. Not only are they the only retailer that does that sort of thing anymore, they’re also one of the few companies in the United States that sell true regimentals where the stripes go down in the direction from the left shoulder down to the right across the heart.

This style originated in England from military associations (and later by school groups) – when the Americans came along, we then reversed the direction of the stripes to go the opposite way. The exact reason why this was done is unknown, but one could assume that it was out of respect or maybe just to look different.

Ben Silver’s striped ties are a perfect 3 1/4 inches in width, not too wide and not too narrow.

On the left, my favorite navy and maroon pattern as worn by the Guards Brigade. “The Household Brigade, organized in 1660 under King Charles II. Composed of Household Cavalry together with regiments of Foot Guards. Regiments entrusted with the privileged task of guarding the Sovereign.” I will stick with my Americanized versions however.

Some more scans. You can sign up for their catalog service here – I can’t wait to checkout the shoe issue.