A fantastic original blazer which was made in the early 1940s for a female student of Goldsmiths' College in South London.
Goldsmiths' was originally founded in 1891 as The Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It went on to become known as one of the most important colleges (later university) for creative types and has an impressive alumni. This jacket belonged to a female student and was recently discovered with the men's jacket also available so there is possibly a story behind the two!
The jacket is made from a lightweight wool and is unlined as it was intended for wear in the summer months. It features a bold striped pattern of black on gold which are two of the college colours. Three patch pockets are fitted to the front and the breast pocket features a bullion Goldsmiths' College breast badge below which are the initials 'G.C.L.'. The jacket features a single breasted front which fastens with three brass buttons. Like most jackets made during this period it is cut short in the body and does not feature a rear vent.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and features typical period graphics. The maker's name of 'Arthur King' is present as is the place name of New Cross which is local to Goldsmiths.
The jacket a 36" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 15 1/2"
Length at rear - 27 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition for its age with some signs of wear and use. There are some small flaws which are illustrated in the pictures but on the whole it is a nice, wearable jacket. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
Attached is a picture taken in 1939 which shows the same blazers being worn. As well as this is an illustration from 1939 which is particularly interesting as the trends record would usually be associated with the Beatnik movement of the 1950s. It clearly had much earlier roots!
A fantastic jacket with some great history.