Original 1930s British Black and White Striped Livery Waistcoat

Original 1930s British Black and White Striped Livery Waistcoat

Code: 55688

£65.00 Approx $80.45, €75.49
 

An original British made livery waistcoat dating from the 1930s. 

This style of waistcoat was commonly used for livery for a number of decades by coachmen, footmen and other similarly employed men. Being used for work but also having to be very smart it bridges the gap between workwear and suiting in an interesting manner. The waistcoat is made from a black and white striped cotton and the front features a long shawl lapel and a three button front. The interior is lined with a white coloured cotton drill and the same is used for the back panel. There is a cinch back belt and buckle to the rear as is often encountered with waistcoats of this vintage. 

Inside the waistcoat the original label is still present and bears the name of 'Simpson & Son (Livery Outfitters) Ltd' along with the address of 63 South Audley Street W1. There is a second label to the reverse of the cinch belt which is made from paper and bears the same details. 

The waistcoat is a smaller size which will suit around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - 

Chest - 18"
Shoulders - 14"
Length at rear - 19"

The waistcoat is in good condition overall with some signs of wear and age. There are no serious flaws and it is totally wearable. The middle button is missing its front fabric element but still functions. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which has some flaws commensurate with age. 

A striking original piece of workwear from the pre-war period.