Vintage 1950 Mens Tux Dinner Jacket Gibb & Co Montreal Size M
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This is a vintage men’s tuxedo dinner jacket that was custom tailored in 1950. The jacket was made a historical Montreal tailor - please read more about that the Gibb family below. The jacket has grosgrain covered peaked lapels, typical of the period, padded shoulders and a single button closure, part of a two button front. Each of the cuffs has four buttons. There is a pocket at either side and one at the left chest. The jacket is made of bluish toned black wool or a blue that is so deep as to appear to be black.
Label: Gibb & Co. Ltd. London 1755 Montreal 1775 1508 Mountain St. Montreal with the original owner’s name written onto it and the date of 10/4/50. The original was a very respected Montreal lawyer, part of the city’s upper class and very well connected - one can view their bio as part of their online obituary by doing a Google search on their name. Gibb & Co traces its roots to Benaiah Gibb (1755-1826) who immigrated to Montreal from England in 1774, starting his tailor’s shop “B. Gibb and Co.” in 1755. It became “Gibb & Co.” in 1870 and other members of the Gibb family continued to run the B. Gibb tailor in London. It’s interesting to note that Benaiah Gibb Jr., the son of the original Benaiah Gibb, bequeathed artwork and a lot on Sherbrooke St in Montreal for the establishment of the Art Association of Montreal, which is now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so the Gibb family played an integral role in the history of Montreal.
Sizing: No size is indicated as this was custom tailored, and although this should fit a medium size (US size 40), please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the exterior (either measure a similar jacket that you own, or your body measurements):
Shoulders: 20” across shoulder seam-to-seam
Sleeves: 25” long
Sleeve inseam: 17 3/4”
Chest: 43” around, taken under the arms
Waist: 39” around
Length: 29 1/2“
Condition: This jacket is in very good condition - no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odors, looks like it saw little use, and was well cared for and stored over the years.
This is a good example of a 1950 tuxedo dinner jacket…….excellent tailoring!