A rare surviving example of a 1940s sports shirt as worn for playing sports such as football and rugby.
This shirt came with a set of officers belongings all named to Frank R. A. Smith. Smith joined the Royal Artillery just before the outbreak of the Second World War and served for some years including in the tropics. All the items which came from this estate pre date the end of the war so it is unclear if he survived. What is certain is that all his belongs have been left untouched since approximately 1945 before being discovered earlier this year.
The shirt is typical of those worn in the 1930s and 1940s for sports. It features a small two button opening and a simple stand and fall collar. It has long sleeves and a simple cuff and is essentially a functional, utilitarian piece.
When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 20 1/2"
Inside arm - 21"
Outside arm - 21 1/2"
Shoulders - 24"
Length - 27"
The shirt is in well used condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has various stains and marks and there is damage under each arm as shown in the pictures. Overall it displays nicely but please study the pictures to satisfy yourself of condition before purchasing.
A rare example of an early British sportswear top!