An original 1940s men's woollen undershirt by 'St Michael' in a size large.
This shirt is typical of those made in the 1930s and 1940s and were worn by men from a variety of walk of life, as well as in the military. Whilst the Army, RAF and Royal Navy had issue vests like this, private purchase examples were often worn. They are all very similar to look at and were quite possibly made in the same factory.
The three button front on this example is standard for the 1930s and 40s as are the three mother of pearl style buttons. The label is also typical of the St Michael items from the late 1930s and early 1940s featuring electric blue text and no fancy graphics. Its states that the shirt is a heavyweight and 'reinforced with nylon'. The size is also stated as large.
The measurements below are taken when laid flat. It is important to remedy that these shirts are designed to be very close fitting and also stretch to the wearers body meaning it may fit larger than appears in the measurements -
Chest - 21"
Shoulders - 22 1/2"
Length - 24 1/2"
The shirt is in worn condition with some staining, particularly to the arm pits. Overall it displays well and appears to be completely sound and wearable. Please bear in mind however that this is a pre-owned vintage item which is over 70 years old and may therefore have other small issues consummate with age.
All in all a nice original 1940s undershirt which has a great period label and is a harder to find large size.