A rare original Women's Land Army Jumper clear dated 1943 and made by 'Healthguard'.
Formed in 1939, the WLA worked all over Great Britain throughout the Second World War. They wore a distinctive, and now iconic, uniform which this jumper formed a key part of.
Machine made from a bottle green wool with a V-neck and long sleeves, the jumper is cut in short in the body, as was popular during this period. Inside the neck the original label is still present and reads 'Healthguard' in a font which is indicative of the era and makes an interesting change to the usual sans-serif labels found on issue clothing. The size of 5 is stated as is the 1943 date. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present confirming this as a genuine issue item.
The jumper is a good size and due to being made from wool will stretch larger than the sizes stated below. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 17"
Waist - 10"
Inside arm - 23"
Outside arm - 27"
Shoulders - 14"
Length - 23"
The jumper is in great condition and does not look to have seen any real wear or use. It is still a bright bottle green colour and the label is still bright and legible. It does however have three very small holes which are detailed in the pictures. Aside from this it is a very sound example which displays extremely well.
A rare opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a scarce original WLA uniform item which is in great condition and has a fantastic label. This would make a fantastic addition to any collection without a shadow of a doubt!