A rare original British 6x3 reefer suit jacket made by 'Hepworths' in the 1940s.
Whilst double breasted suit jackets were popular throughout the 1940s, they tended to be stand 6x2 design. This 'reefer' style was less common and is now very rare to find today, making them highly coveted by collectors. The cut is fantastic and has a nautical, club feel to it which really sets it aside from standard jackets. It is made from a navy blue coloured worsted wool which is a heavy weight - typical of British items from this period. It features a fantastic peak lapel which is reminiscent of earlier tailoring from the Edwardian period and the 1920s. The jacket is cut short in the body in a 'bum-freezer' style and there are no rear vents, both of which are typical features of 1940s jackets.
The interior of the jacket is fully lined in a black coloured rayon material and the original maker's label is present and is found below the interior pocket. It bears the maker's name of 'Hepworths' who were a prolific maker of men's suiting throughout the 1930s and 1940s. There is also a hanging loop to the collar.
The jacket is a smaller size which will suit a 36" chest, depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 20"
Inside arm - 17 3/4"
Outside arm - 25"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
Length - 28"
The jacket is in good condition with some limited signs of wear and use. It is still very wearable but please bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A really nice original jacket in a very hard to find cut!
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