An original French wool blouson cyclists jacket dating from the 1940s.
This style of cycling jacket became very popular in France during the 1930s and stayed popular throughout the next decade. Cycling was a favoured pastime in France during this period meaning that this style was very much in vogue. This particular example features stamps in the waistband which look like French military stamps so it is not necessarily a civilian item, although it certainly looks like one.
The jacket features a button front and two patch pockets as was common with this type of jacket during this period. It has a separate waijstbandand cuffs allowing the body and the sleeves to blouse out above them. The collar is typically French as is the colour of the wool. The buttons are a collection of mis-matched examples all dating from the period when it was made. The jacket clearly saw heavy use having had buttons replaced as they fell off. The jacket also features period darns and repairs which reflect this.
The jacket is a small size and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 20”
Waist - 15 3/4”
Inside arm - 17”
Outside arm - 21 1/2”
Shoulders - 17”
Length - 21”
The jacket is in well used condition as previously mentioned. It was clearly well worn at the time and has period repairs. Please study the pictures provided as they form part of the description and remember that this is a re-worn 70 year old or more jacket!
All in all a stunning early jacket which would make an excellent addition to anyone’s wardrobe or collection.