A nice original two piece teal blue coloured Harris Tweed suit made by 'Montague Burton' during the 1940s.
This suit is made from a striking RAF blue coloured Harris Tweed which is bright and bold, especially when compared to many of the common pinstripe suits offered during this period. Not only does it bear the Burton label but it also has the 1940s black Harris Tweed label, making this a highly desirable 1940s British suit.
The jacket is cut in a rare style to find in Harris Tweed suits featuring a double breasted 4x1 fastening to the front. This style was first seen in the late 1930s but became highly popular in the latter part of the 1940s and into the early 1950s. Flapped pockets are located to the skirt and an angle welt pocket can be found to the left breast. The cuff features four buttons and there is no rear vent which is typical of 1940s suits. The interior of the jacket is fully lined in a silver-gold coloured rayon and there is a hanging loop to the neck. The original labels are present and bright and legible.
The trousers are again a classic example of 1940s British tailoring. They feature a high rise waist, wide leg with turn up to the cuff and a button fly. More buttons are fitted around the top edge to which braces can be attached and there is a single pocket to the rear. The front of the trousers feature twin pleats and slash pockets are found at each hip. There is also a large ticket pocket located to the waistband which fastens with a contrasting brown coloured button.
The suit will fit someone of around a 40" chest and 34" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22"
Inside arm - 18 1/4"
Outside arm - 26 3/4"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 30 1/2"
Waist - 17"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 19 1/2"
Inside leg - 30 1/2"
Outside leg - 43 1/2"
Cuff - 11"
The suit is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It is still a nice deep blue colour and has not faded out with washing or exposure to sunlight. There are no signs of serious damage and overall it is a very wearable suit. There are various stains including to the jacket lining and there is also a slight loss of stitching under the arm to the lining (picture 8) which could easily be repaired. The trousers are missing their top fly button and metal clip but these could easily be reinstated. This is a vintage, pre-worn suit which is over 70 years old and may therefore have small issues commensurate with age. Please take time to study the pictures as I have detailed all the flaws carefully.
A striking original period suit in good condition and with very desirable labels. This would make a brilliant addition to any wardrobe!