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Boys public school shirt  size 15.5 TATTY Billings Edmonds VILOFT vintage 1970s
Boys public school shirt  size 15.5 TATTY Billings Edmonds VILOFT vintage 1970s Boys public school shirt  size 15.5 TATTY Billings Edmonds VILOFT vintage 1970s Boys public school shirt  size 15.5 TATTY Billings Edmonds VILOFT vintage 1970s Boys public school shirt  size 15.5 TATTY Billings Edmonds VILOFT vintage 1970s

Boys public school shirt size 15.5 TATTY Billings Edmonds VILOFT vintage 1970s


A vintage shirt, probably made in the 1970s or thereabouts.
Billings and Edmonds.
 
Judging by the style and size - and the fact that Billings and Edmonds are school uniform specialists - I think it was probably a large school shirt (for an older boy, perhaps a teenager), rather than a small man's shirt.
 
As the cuffs have cufflink slots rather than buttons, it was presumably for a public school rather than a state school.
The label is marked:
BILLINGS & EDMONDS LTD
24 DERING STREET, LONDON W.1.
and also with the Royal Warrant - BY APPOINTMENT TO H.M. THE QUEEN, TAILORS AND OUTFITTERS.
 
Colour: Ivory/cream.
 
Long sleeves.
Single cuffs for cufflinks.
Button front.
The material is Viloft (Courtaulds Viscose/Polyester mixture).
 
Size (from garment measurements)
Collar size: 15 1/2 inches
Chest measurement, armpit to armpit: 44 inches
Length, neck to hem at the back: 29 inches
Length of sleeve, shoulder to end of cuff: 23 inches
Length of sleeve, armpit to cuff: 20 1/2 inches
Shoulder to shoulder: 17 1/2 inches
Weight 220g approx.

Condition:
This is a vintage school shirt, which has clearly seen good service, and is no longer in prime condition.
It has been worn quite a lot, and this definitely shows.
It is, to be blunt, TATTY.
It has just been laundered, so it is clean, but unfortunately it is no longer smart.
There are black marks along one sleeve, and the garment care label is severely damaged.
I would GUESS that this was probably due to an accident with the shirt being ironed in a hurry, with the iron temperature slightly too hot.
The material has also bobbled with age, and the cuffs are noticeably worn at the edges.
This means that the shirt is definitely NOT smart enough to wear for normal use.
But it might be suitable for theatrical use, or for a film costume.
Previous owner's laundry mark is sewn on to the label.
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Our Price: £12.50







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