An original early 1950s poplin cotton men's collarless shirt 'Monarch' by 'Storex'.
This shirt is typical of those made and worn during the 1940s and 1950s. It is made from an off-white poplin cotton which has a hint of lemon 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 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 to the interior and features typical early 1950s graphics. The brand name 'Storex' is present and the clothing line of 'Monarch' is above this and was a popular line during this period.
The shirt is a medium size which will suit around a 40" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 23 1/4"
Inside arm - 23 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 3/4"
Shoulders - 18"
Length - 30"
Collar - 15"
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. This shirt also features a french cuff which would usually be worn doubled back and will shorten the sleeve length by roughly 2".
The shirt is in good condition for its age with some limited signs of wear and use. It displays very well but may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice original mid-century shirt, typical of those worn in Great Britain during the 1940s and 1950s.
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