ORIGINAL UNISSUED WW2 ATS LEATHER JERKIN
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About this item
A rare oportunity to buy an original 1942 Dated Auxiliary Territorial Service leather jerkin. Unissued
This pattern of leather jerkin was produced specifically for the ATS during WW2. This example is the first pattern which was produced throughout the war before being replaced by a simplified version in 1945. Proportionally it is different to the men's version being longer in the body. It features darts at the top which run down towards the chest and most notably has a rear belt.
The jerkin is made from a brown coloured leather and has a four button front which fastens the same way around as most women's items. The interior is lined with a khaki green coloured wool material to which the original label is affixed. And as you can see it is nice and clean.
The maker's name of 'Hector Powe ltd ' With the date 1941. So really early. Also present as is the War Department broad arrow, with the correct letter 'P' above it. Hector Powe were a Regent Street gentleman's tailors founded in 1908, now dissolved
Size 7* The jerkin is designed to fit a 36" to 38" bust (over jacket) And a height of 5'9 to 6 foot
This item has heavy creasing from being folded and stored in a sealed bale for many years. This has also caused indents in the leather by the buckle. This will eventually come out as it has not damaged the leather. The leather is in excellent condition, all seams are intact. And is in good wearable condition. The colouration of the leather is possibly due to 80 yrs of storage and could stablise with a darn good brown polish. And there is no moth to the wool lining.
A hard to find piece of women's clothing from the Second World War with a early good wartime date.
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