An original London, Midland and Scottish Railway workers waistcoat in unworn condition.
The LMS Railways was formed on the 1st of January 1922 and stayed in operation until the nationalisaton of the railways in 1947, becoming British Rail on the 1st of January 1948. This dates the waistcoat to having been made in this timeframe and the paper style of label indicates Pre-war manufacture. This style would have still be worn throughout the War Years however making it an interesting Home Front collectable.
The waistocat itself is made from a black serge wool as was often used for workwear items during this period. It features a three button front and only two front welt pockets - a utilitarian piece of design. The inside of the jacket is lined with white cotton and the rear does not feature a cinch back belt and buckle, again inkeeping with the economy style.
Inside the waistcoat the original paper label is still present. It features the manufacturers name of 'John Hammond & Co (1922) Ltd' who were a prolific maker of workwear as well as clothing for the military. The London, Midland and Scottish Railway initials are also present as well as the words 'Vest Patt'.
The waistcoat will fit around a 36" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 18 1/2"
Length - 23"
The waistcoat is in very good condition and appears to be unworn. Usually the label would either be removed before wear or would wear off quickly. Overall is displays very well but it may have small issues commensurate with age.
A fantastic piece of pre-war British workwear in great condition and complete with its original label. This would make a fine addition to any wardrobe.
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