An original 1940s poplin cotton collarless shirt in a blue and white pinstripe.
This shirt is typical of those made and worn during the 1930s and 1940s. It is made from a lightweight poplin cotton which features a sky blue, white and navy blue stripe and is of half placket design which is pulled on over the head. This design was prevalent from the Victorian period through to the 1950s when full button front shirts started to gain popularity. The shirt also features a double cuff, or 'French cuff'. This is designed to be folded back on itself and worn with cufflinks - a popular choice during this period.
The collar is neckband style made from the same material as the body of the shirt. It is designed to be worn with a detachable collar but can also be worn without one. Below this the original label is still present which sadly has been washed out. The style and shape does however look like it may have been a CC41 label.
The shirt is a small size and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 21"
Inside arm - 24 1/2"
Outside arm - 27"
Shoulders - 15 1/4"
Collar - 14"
It is important to remember that these shirts are cut very wide across the chest to allow them to be pulled on over the head so the true fit will be much smaller than the measurement provided. The measurement of the arms includes the french cuff which would be folded back when worn with cufflinks, shortening the measurements by roughly 2"
The shirt is in worn condition with heavy wear to the cuffs and some wear below the collar to the rear of the shoulder. This is a far from perfect shirt which is reflected in the price. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn vintage shirt which has small issues commensurate with age.
An original WW2 period shirt which would make a good addition to any wardrobe or collection. It would suit a variety of wartime uniforms including LDV, Home Guard and many more.
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