A fantastic original British rowing blazer which was made by 'Gieves' in the 1930s.
This style of jacket became popular in the UK in the 1920s and formed part of many summer wardrobes. The style was adopted by many schools, universitys, clubs and associations in the following decades leading to the now being regarded as a classic garment which is quintessentially British.
The construction of the jacket is typical of the late 1930s and 1940s. It is made from a navy blue coloured wool material white features a bold cream striped pattern to it. It has a single breasted front which fastens with three buttons which are all covered in the same material as used for the body of the jacket which is a nice feature. The front of the jacket features three patch pockets and the notched lapels feature a typical pronounced shape seen in this era. The jacket is cut short in length which is a style referred to as 'bum freezer' and there is no rear vent - Both are again typical details from this period.
The interior of the jacket only features a partial lining as it was intended to be worn in the hotter months of the year. There are no interior pockets and the maker's label is stitched directly to the interior. It bears the maker's name of 'Gieves Ltd' below which is the owner's name of 'J. B. D. Richardson'. The initials 'C. R. B.' are below this which may denote a rowing club or similar. The original owner went on to serve with the 1st King's Dragoon Guards and the photograph attached shows him leading a reconnaissance patrol with the 5th Army in Italy during WW2.
The jacket is a smaller size which will fit around a 38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 21 1/2"
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
Length at rear - 28 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition for its age with no serious damage or flaws. It displays well and is totally wearable although there is a small tear to the corner of the lower left patch pocket as illustrated in picture 11. There are also a couple of very small holes to the rear of the left sleeve which are detailed in picture 10. Please take time to 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 lovely original 1940s jacket with some great details and from a prestigious British maker.