The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Vintage clothes & the mysteries they hide....

I recently purchased this gorgeous jacket & at first believed it to date from the 1940's. Imagine my surprise to find a handwritten note in the pocket which gave a lovely insight into the previous owner. Here are a few lines from the note.
"This Irish tweed Hebe sports jacket was bought in a "posh" small shop in Keynsham on the Bristol to Bath road in about 1952. I liked it because it reminded me of a field of buttercups & daisies!!! (But I was young and silly then!)
I saw many of these suits in Bath, but few in Bristol, but i have heard that the money is made in Bristol and spent in Bath!"

However, this dress (shown below) does date from the 1940's as it has a Utility label and came with its very own "make do & mend" wartime brooch made from plastic covered wire. It came complete in the bag (above) with its price label & shop bill. The mystery is why it remained in the bag for over 60 years and was obviously never worn.




8 comments:

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Liz,
How lovely that this little jacket really does tell a story. Love the buttercups and daisies description - ladies were so romantic back then!
As you know, I am a regular shopper in Keynsham - I'm sure one of the 'fashion' shops there probably dates back to at least the 50's - their buyer obviously hasn't changed in that time, if you get my drift! ha!

(More green??!! ;-))
Niki x

hens teeth said...

How wonderful to find that note.
The dress is divine.

Country Cottage Chic said...

It's so intriguing isn't it? I once bought a suitcase that was filled with wonderful silk stockings still in their original boxes - some were Dior & none of them had ever been opened or worn - I too wondered why?

Sal said...

How amazing to find the hand written note in the pocket of that lovely jacket!!
Love the bit about Bristol and Bath! ;-)

BusyLizzie said...

Thank you for your comments. The dress is certainly gorgeous (and green!) but sadly does not fit me.. grrrr.

Redwoodhouse said...

I love the little jacket it might fit my one arm with a squeeze!!! the story along with it is delightful, buttercups and daisies how sweet is that!.
Jan

Cowboys and Custard said...

What an utterly charming note and such a treasure to find after all those years..
I love these kind of glimpses in to the past.. just an old fashioned gal at heart!

Love
Michele xx

Donna said...

Ooooh you do find the loveliest of things Lizzie. I look forward to seeing you at Ilminster :-)