A rare original PVC jerkin made by 'Belstaff' in the 1950s.
Belstaff were a prolific manufacturer of motorcycle clothing and outerwear in the mid Century period and were one of the first British brands to produce polyvinyl chloride fabric garments, better known today as 'PVC'. This material was viewed as cutting edge at the time and was used in place of leather due to its better waterproof quality and durability.
This item is clearly modelled on the leather jerkin which was produced in the Great War and Second World War for the British forces. It features the same four button front but has much larger arm holes which allow for more freedom of movement. The interior is lined with a brown coloured serge wool which is typical of items made during the 1950s. There is a hanging loop at the neck which has some slight loss of stitching to one side. The original label is still present below this which bears the 'Belstaff' brand name and the graphics used by this company in the 1950s.
Jerkins such as this are designed to be worn as an outer layer of a coat and are therefore cut in a large, oversize manner. It will fit a 38" - 40" chest well and possibly larger. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 23 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 32 1/2"
The jerkin is in good condition with some limited signs of wear and age. Overall it displays very well and is very wearable but please bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A very nice piece of post-war workwear with some great details and from a famous British maker.
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