A fantastic original two piece charcoal grey coloured chalk stripe suit made by 'Wyser & Bryant' in 1942.
This suit is typical of those made in Great Britain during the 1940s. It is made from a grey coloured chalk stripe wool which was very popular during this period and hangs beautifully due to its weight. The jacket is cut in a classic 1940s style featuring a double breasted front and large, pronounced peak lapels. The short 'bum freezer' length and lack of any rear vents are also common traits of jackets from this period. The jacket features flapped lower pockets, an angled breast pocket and a four button cuff which puts it at the more formal end of the spectrum. The interior of the jacket is fully lined with black rayon and a hanging loop is located to the neck. There is a single interior pocket, inside which is the original tailors label. It bears the name of 'Wyser & Bryant' along with the address of 11 Princes Street, Hanover Square, London W1. The owner's name has been added in ink which reads 'W. A. Aclou' as has the date of February 1942.
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 located to each hip. The trousers feature a high rise fishtail cut to the rear which is typical of earlier suits and more conservative suits from the 1940s.
The suit will fit someone of around a 42" chest and 34" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulders - 18 1/4"
Length - 30"
Waist - 17"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 22"
Inside leg - 30" (4 1/2" extra to let down)
Outside leg - 42 1/2"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The suit is in great condition as can be seen in the pictures. It is still a nice deep charcoal colour and has not faded out with washing or exposure to sunlight. There are however a number of very small holes dotted about the jacket and two extremely small holes to the trousers, all of which are illustrated in the pictures and not particularly noticeable when the suit is worn. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn suit with small flaws commensurate with age.
A fantastic period suit in great condition. War dated British suits are extremely rare to find today as not many were made. This was also produced at the height of austerity with little to no sign of any of the enforced measures being adhered to which makes it an interesting historical item in its own right.
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