Vintage detachable shirt collar. You will need a pair of collar studs to fix this collar to your tunic shirt. These studs are NOT included, but are available separately.
Vintage 1940s Lloyds "Senior Service" shirt collar for civilian use.
This is genuine wartime "utility" clothing, made during the time of clothes rationing in Britain (1941-1949).
These collars were stamped with the official CC41 Utility mark - this has faded, but is still just about legible.
During the Second World War, there were restrictions on garment design, to minimize waste, and to ensure that resources could be concentrated on providing necessary supplies for the troops, together with a basic standard of clothing for civilians. The CC41 mark showed that these garments conformed with wartime economy standards.
Rationing was also in force - people wanting to buy the utility clothing, would have had to use their clothes ration coupons (as well as paying for the garments).
This was to ensure that everyone had an equal chance of buying necessary clothes, and to prevent hoarding and profiteering.
There is no garment composition marked on the collar, but it appears to be cotton.
Collar size 14 1/2"
Vintage collar, made in the 1940s, clean and starched.
Very good condition for display.
Previous owners' laundry marks are written and stamped in the inside of the collar, as shown.
The collar has obviously been made to wartime economy standards, and it has small but noticeable areas of wear at the front of the fold line and on the edges of the stud holes.
You could certainly still wear it, but it isn't quite as smart as it was when it was first made, in the early 1940s.
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