Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Princess Margrethe sues furriers

February 25, 1948

Princess Margrethe of Bourbon-Parma has filed suit against Revillon Freres, a Parisian furriers, reports the Chicago Daily Tribune. 

In 1941, she brought the fur coat to the furriers to store it, but the Germans, then occupying Paris, seized the coat to "send it to a freezing German general on the Russian front."

The Princess is suing for 2 million francs, the value of the coat.  She said she wants the money or another fur coat to give to her daughter, Anne, as a wedding present.

Princess Anne is engaged to the exiled King Michael of Romania.

Revillon's defense is that Princess Margrethe "should be paid out of German reparations."


John said...

2 million francs! My goodness. I don't even like spending $100 on a coat!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

3.8 Francs to the dollar in 1948. You do to the math :)

John said...

I was Googling yesterday trying to find a source to see the US exchange for francs in 1948 but ran out of time (should not be reading Royal Musings while working, but I can't help it!)

Even the US value in dollars in 1948 is worth more than twice what my mother's house is worth today!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

dollar rather strong after world war II

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

but you also have to do the one where what is it worth now.