Mary Maxim designed Cowichan Sweaters from the 50's and 60's are the best. The 100% Canadian wool was/is the highest quality wool. It hardly ever balls up if you take good care of it. The life of your sweater can be another generation. Check to see if your zipper is old: Scouvall, Talon, Gripper, a few more. The popularity of these sweaters was highest in the 50's and 60's. There are likely 30 different Mary Maxim designs. Be careful of cotton or woll blend designs from the 70's and the stuff coming out of Canada today will ball up on you in a month- promise. Rockabilly Sweaters from the 60's have the stripes and two tones or argyle designs. Kodiak designs by Campus are very collectable. Robert Bruce in the 60's started to copy this classic design. I have long sleeve 1940's cable knit sweaters that are NOS (new old stock) and in excellent condition too! Similar sweaters came out in the 60's but if you look at the ribbing on the waist and sleeve cuffs, it is much much wider in the 40's. These came from a mill. Small Mills would produce these sweaters and then sell them to the clothing companies and labels would be placed on the sweater.

Enjoy!

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