An original 1940s women's workwear bolero style top made under the CC41 utility clothing scheme, possibly by 'Leader overalls'.
This jacket was made as part of the CC41 utility scheme which was brought into effect in the UK in 1941 as part of the larger rationing scheme. The idea behind it was that affordable, quality clothing would be available to everyone of every class and could be bought using coupons. It was clearly intended as a work garment and is typically utilitarian. Rather than featuring a full button front there is an opening which fastens with a single button, once pulled on over the wearer's head. The garment is cut very short in the body and was clearly designed to only cover the torso which suggests it may have been intended for wear with bib and brace or similar.
The jacket is made from a tan coloured cotton twill like many workwear items from the period. It features a stand and fall collar and short sleeves. Inside the neck of the top is a hanging loop below which is the standard CC41 label.
The jacket is cut wide across the arms and shoulders to allow it to be pulled on over the wearer's head. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
Length - 23"
The item is in fairly good condition with signs of previous wear and use. There is wear to the collar and some marks and stains etc, which are to be expected from a vintage workwear item. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which has some small flaws commensurate with age.
A rare original utility item with some great details!
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