HI, Thank you all so much. That makes sense that it might be a blend. I have some similar vintage 100% cashmere sweaters and they are much lighter and softer. This feels more like my vintage 70/30 cashmere/wool scarves. Should I assume this might be a pre 1960 Alan Paine label as material content was mandated by congress in the late 1950s(?) and my other vintage Alan Paine sweaters list material content? Reminds me of the Dan River and Galey and Lord fabrics: You have to be familiar with the era to know what they mean. I was hoping for an all cashmere sweater, but it still is nice, will be more than warm enough, probably will last longer than all cashmere, but is a bit heavier than my all cashmere ones.I couldn’t find much about the term “Cashmere Major.” It originally seems to have been a brand name apart from Alan Paine. In 1952, men’s clothiers were offering “Cashmere Major” v-neck pullover sweaters with a fabric content of 50% cashmere and 50% wool. In 1956, “Cashmere Major” sweaters were advertised as being made of 55% cashmere and 45% wool. The ads didn’t indicate if those sweaters were associated with Alan Paine.
Were they two unrelated companies, and then Alan Paine bought Cashmere Major? Or was Cashmere Major always a division of Alan Paine? I haven’t been able to determine that yet.
In any case, it appears as though “Cashmere Major” was nothing more than an arbitrary brand name; it wasn’t intended to imply anything about the quality or weight of the garment that the label was attached to.
I wish there was a more systematic web site for dating these labels. I know there is the "Fashion Guild" pages but they seem to have more women's labels and are incomplete, especially for men's labels.
By the way, I grew up in San Francisco, so I am always nostalgic for any old SF and Bay Area store labels.