An original 1940s wool flannel collarless shirt made by 'Monument' as part of the CC41 utility clothing scheme which was brought into effect in the UK in 1941 as part of the larger rationing scheme. The idea behind it was that affordable, quality clothing would be available to everyone of every class and could be bought using coupons.
This style of shirt was extremely popular with men in the first part of the 20th Century. Made from a thick yet soft white coloured flannel wool, the shirt is cut long in the body for warmth, wide in the chest to aid in pulling of the wearer's head when dressing and was made with a neckband collar. It was converted at the time with the addition of a collar which has been made from matching material. The front features a bib and fastens with two buttons. The shirt has short sleeves which have most likely been cut down from long sleeves and provided the material for the collar as well as the patches for the sleeves.
The original label is still present inside the shirt and features the maker's name of 'Monument'. Below this is the CC41 label which is faded but still legible.
The shirt is a smaller size which will suit around a 38" chest. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
Length - 35 1/2"
The shirt is in worn condition with some nice period repairs including a darn and some patches to the sleeve. It is still very wearable but is far from perfect so please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage item with some flaws commensurate with age.
This is a great period work shirt with some fantastic period repairs and alterations.
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