An original French cotton drill blouson cyclist jacket in stunning new old stock condition and complete with its original labels.
This style of jacket became incredibly popular in the late 1930s and stayed in vogue throughout the whole of the 1940s. They are often referred to as 'cyclist' jackets or 'blouson' jackets and appear in many period photographs.
This example is typical of the period. It is made from a brown coloured cotton drill and features a brass 'Eclair' brand zipper to close the front and patch pockets which fasten with chocolate brown buttons. A small opening can be found to each side of the waistband which features two more chocolate brown buttons which allow the waist to be adjusted in and out. Another button is located near the bottom of the zip which fastens a small tab and the cuffs also fasten with the same buttons. A large collar, typical of the era completes this classic piece of 1940s casualwear.
Due to the fact the jacket is in deadstock, unworn condition, it has retained all of its original labels. To the chest a plain card label is stapled and bears the size and original price. A second, much more graphic label, is attached to the zip puller. To one side are details about the 'Eclair' zipper whilst the other bears the makers name, a graphic of a workman and the words 'Vetements de Travail' which translates as work clothes.
The jacket is a small size which will suit someone of around a 34-36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 20"
Waist - 14"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Length - 23 1/2"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
The jacket is in very good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly never been and would really be very hard to better. It is a vintage item though which is well over 70 years old so it may have small issues commensurate with age.
A fantastic example of this rare and sought after style of jacket, complete with all of its original labels!
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