An original 1940s British made men's white cotton collarless shirt which was made by 'Rosaleen'.
This shirt is typical of those made and worn during the 1930s and 1940s. It is made from a white coloured poplin cotton and is of half placket design which is pulled on over the head. This design was prevalent from the Victorian period through to the 1950s when full button front shirts started to gain popularity. The collar is a neckband style made from the same material as the body of the shirt. It is designed to be worn with a detachable collar but can also be worn without.
Inside the shirt the original label is still present to the interior and features a label with typical 1940s graphics. It bears the brand name 'Rosaleen Brand' below which is a smaller label which bears the 'Rigmel Shrunk B.D.A.' label which is often found on 1940s clothing including CC41 made items.
The shirt is a smaller size which will suit around a 38" chest and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 23 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 1/4"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length at back - 37"
Collar - 14 1/2"
It is important to remember that these shirts are cut very wide across the chest to allow them to be pulled on over the head so the true fit will be much smaller than the measurement provided. The cuff is also a french cuff meaning 2" needs to be detracted from the sleeve length if it is to be worn correctly.
The shirt is in sound condition structurally but has various stainings as illustrated in the pictures. It appears to be wearable and displays well enough but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which has some small flaws commensurate with age.
An original WW2 period shirt with a great label. It would suit a variety of wartime uniforms including LDV, Home Guard and many more.
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