Bone Collar Stays

Keep your collar crisp with our bone stays. Made from ethically sourced cattle bone, which is resilient yet lightweight - and, unlike plastic, won’t bend with age. Produced in England since 1749. Sold in pairs of small (2.2") or large (2.5"). (more info)

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Bone Collar Stays - Kaufmann Mercantile

The company that produces these collar stays uses dense cattle shinbone, which has the thickest outer layer. More resilient than horn, bone has a honeycomb structure that makes it rigid yet lightweight. It looks similar to ivory but weighs less and is usually not as white in color. Bone feels pleasantly soft and warm to the touch. When polished, it usually has what appears to be a lightly scratched surface; these are the exposed “tunnels” that permeate the bone.

Made with the shinbone of domestic cattle from China, our collar stays are a by-product of the meat industry and therefore 100% recycled.

Use & Care

If you need to clean your bone collar stays, handwash using tepid water and mild soap. Rub gently with a soft cloth and towel dry immediately. Avoid strong clothing detergents and hot water – don’t forget to remove the stays before washing your shirts!

Exposure to sunlight will eventually discolor the product, so keep away from your windowsill. Over time, bone absorbs the natural oils from your skin and changes color from milky white to a light honey gold.

Production & Design

The company that produces these bone collar stays was established in 1749 as purveyors of horn goods, such as buttons and combs. Over the centuries, the business changed hands several times and was eventually passed down to longtime employees and apprentices. The current owners are the fifth family to run the company during its more than 250-year history.

All the products are made with natural materials, such as horn and bone, which have been ethically sourced from renewable resources. Often they are recycled, meaning the raw materials would otherwise end up in a landfill. Most products, like the collar stays, are biodegradable.


Small: 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) 
Large: 2.5 inches long (6.5 cm)

Shinbone from domestic cattle
Ethically sourced, recycled, 100% biodegradable 

Made in
Great Britain
  • USA
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