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Lifestyle – January 1, 2010

What’s It Worth?

Photos: David Croxford

What’s It Worth?
$$$$4,500

WHAT IS IT?
A Frank MacIntosh-designed, Pikaki-label aloha shirt, used as a uniform by the crew of Matson’s SS Mariposa.

Why so special?
Produced in the late 1940s or early 1950s, this shirt replicates images made by MacIntosh for Matson’s menus.

Why so valuable?
Dale Hope, author of “The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands,” says a number of factors play into a vintage shirt’s worth: rarity, condition of the shirt, size (large or extra large are worth more because they are rarer — people were smaller back then), and details like a “Made in Hawaii” label, a match pocket and coconut buttons.

Where can you buy it?
Bailey’s Antiques & Aloha Shirts on 517 Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 734-7628.

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