A rare original British sports jacket which was made during the 1940s.
This jacket was made as part of the CC41 utility 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.
The jacket has all the classic traits of a 1940s British made casual jacket. Cut from a striking herringbone striped wool of oatmeal and brown colours which stands out from the usual pinstripe suits. The jacket features a single breasted front which fastens with three buttons along with a notched lapel which has a typical 1940s pronounced shape. An angled welt pocket is present to the left chest and flapped pockets are located to the skirt. Like most jackets from this period it is cut short in the body which is a style often referred to as 'bum freezer'. There are also no rear vents which is another common trait of jackets produced in this period.
The interior of the jacket is fully lined in rayon and features two interior pockets. Below one of these is the original maker's label which bears the brand name of 'Harris Tweed' along with a graphic depicting a spinning wheel. There is also a CC41 utility label which is fitted into the side seam as is often found and confirms this as a genuine utility item. Someone has added the date of July 1950 to the Maker's label in ink which would relate to the sale date as CC41 clothing was not made after 1949.
The jacket will suit a 38" chest and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 21"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 30 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition with signs of wear and use. It was clearly well loved by its original owner and very well cared for. Most of the notable wear is to the lining which is illustrated in the pictures. There is damage to the sleeve lining which could be repaired and wear along the bottom of the lining and around the neck. Sports jackets such as these were popular everyday jackets and saw plenty of use meaning that this kind of wear is common to find. Overall it is a very wearable jacket which displays very well. It does however have small issues commensurate with age so please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
A fantastic and rare 1940s British sports jacket in a striking fabric and with the coveted CC41 label.
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