An original British Metropolitan Police rubberised cyclist cape dating from the middle of the 20th Century.
This pattern of cape was introduced in the 1920s for policemen with bicycles. They stayed in production until the 1960s but remained unchanged in design. It was issued to protect against wind and rain and is typical of civilian cyclists capes from the same period. It is made from a dark navy blue coloured rubberised cotton and was often used for rainwear during the mid Century period. It fastens at the neck with a leather strap and metal buckle and there is a number stamped to this which identifies the policeman. Inside the cape there are elastic sections through which the arm can be passed to help secure the cape to the wearer.
The original stamps are present to the interior including the Metropolitan Police stamp which appears to have a Queen's crown which would suggest this was made in the 1950s. The maker's name of 'Moseley' is also present as is the size of 3.
The cape displays well but shows signs of wear and age. There is some damage to the rear as illustrated in picture 8 and the rubberised cotton material has broken down in some places. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage workwear piece which has some flaws commensurate with age.
Whilst a far from perfect example it is an original mid century police cyclist cape with all the correct stamps.