Girls' vintage British school uniform blazer, made about half a century ago but never used.
From the Swan Lake Schoolwear Range created by Arthur Howard.
This is a good quality garment.
Made of black cloth, which appears to be wool or possibly a wool mixture.
Unlined, except for the sleeves.
3 outside pockets, and 1 inside pocket with zip.
Original shop tags, and manufacturer's one-year guarantee card, still attached.
(Note: this guarantee has long since expired! It guaranteed the garment against fair wear and tear, and particularly against fading by "Sun and Sea Air".)
Size: Size 8: this is a girls' school uniform size (not age). The actual garment measurements are:
- Size 8 (to fit chest 30").....chest 34 inches.....length 23"....sleeve length 21" shoulder to cuff, 15" armpit to cuff......shoulder to shoulder 13"
Weight 670g approx.
Difficult to date precisely, but I would think it was probably made in the 1950s.
The manufacturer appears to have been in business from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s.
As you can see, these blazers have never been worn, and still have their original shop tags attached.
They have been in storage at a drapers' shop since around the middle of the 20th century.
I believe they may have been a "sample size" for girls to try on in the shop - so the shop could order the correct size from their tailor.
These blazers are unworn, and in very good condition, with the original shop tags still attached.
The original price tags have been clipped, probably to remove the £sd price when the new "decimal" prices were added in 1971.
The 1970s price is marked as £5.30.
These uniforms are unsold shop stock from around the 1950s.
They have been properly stored, and there is no damage.
However, they are about 60 years old, and they do smell a little musty.
The zip on the inside pocket is stiff.
The blazer will need to be treated gently, and dry cleaned before use.
While it might well be suitable for theatrical or re-enactment use, it will need to be treated gently, and would not last long in normal use.
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