An original British Army Officers green poplin shirt made by Van Heusen and dating from the 1950s.
This shirt is typical of those made in the 1940s and 1950s for officers in the British Army. It is made from a light green poplin cotton and features a neckband collar which would be worn with a matching detachable collar and plain barrel cuff which fastens with a single button. The shirt features a full button front. This style started to gain popularity during the Second World War, eventually replacing the earlier half fronted shirts in the post-war period.
The original label is still present inside the shirt and is still bright and legible. It features the classic 'Van Heusen Service Brand' label which bears the words 'Made in England'. The original owner has added his name to this in ink which reads 'Cameron'.
The shirt will fit around a 36" - 38" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 21 3/4"
Inside arm - 21 3/4"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 16"
Length at front - 31 1/2"
Length at back - 33"
The shirt is a larger size but it is important to remember that they are designed to be worn reasonably loose so as to allow movement etc. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 25 1/2"
Inside arm - 21 1/2"
Outside arm - 23 1/2"
Shoulders - 20"
The shirt is in reasonable condition overall and is still very wearable. There is some discolouration and staining as well as a repair - all of which have been reflected in the price. Please study the pictures to satisfy yourself of the condition before purchasing.
A nice original mid century shirt made from a lovely poplin cotton!
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