Vintage Mens Bespoke Pinstripe Suit 1955 Jones, Chalk & Dawson Savile Row Tailor
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This is a bespoke mens suit made in 1955 by the London tailor Jones, Chalk & Dawson. Jones, Chalk & Dawson is located at 6 Sackville, just down the street from Savile Row - they share their premises with Meyer & Mortimer, another fine London bespoke tailor with a history dating to 1809 (tailors to George IV as well as other British monarchy), and Ward & Kruger, specializing in military uniforms. Jones, Chalk & Dawson started trading in 1896, founded by the namesakes, who had left Hawkes of Savile Row to form their own concern. They hold a Royal Warrant from the Belgian Royal Family.
The suit is made in a navy blue pinstripe. It has wide peaked lapels. The shoulders are padded and there is a jetted pocket built into either side as well as a breast pocket. The jacket does up with a single button at the front, part of a six button double breasted arrangement. The sleeves have 4 button cuffs. The interior is fully lined in black colored fabric. The pants have turned cuffs and a high cut back. They have a metal zipper and buttons that would accommodate suspenders.
Age: March 1955
Label: Jones, Chalk & Dawson 6 Sackville St. Piccadilly W. The jacket had belonged to a doctor who was a Montreal cardiac surgeon.
Color: Navy blue with cream pinstripe
Sizing: No size is indicated as this is a custom made suit, but this belonged a medium to large sized man, probably a size 38 or so, maybe a 40 - please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the exterior (please take the thickness of the wool into consideration and/or measure a similar suit that you may own):
Shoulders: 19” across shoulder seam-to-seam
Sleeves: 25” from shoulder seam
Sleeve Inseam: 18 1/2” long
Chest: 42” around, taken under the arms
Waist: 38” around
Overall length: 29 1/2", measured flat
Leg inseam: 30 1/2”
Length: 43 1/2” at the front, 48” in length at the back
Condition: This suit is in very good condition with only some very small issues. There is a small pinhead sized hole at the front of the pants to the right of the zipper (see close-up photo). There is an even smaller hole in the pinstripe at the lower left of the jacket - all this needs is a stitch in a thread color matching the pinstripe. There is a fray rip to the sleeve lining at the upper arm (see photo), quite minor and simply needs stitching. Finally, there is some looseness in the seam at the back right shoulder/sleeve join - it would be a good idea to have this restitched. Otherwise, this suit has been very well preserved and all issues would be easy to rectify with a small budget.
This is an exceptional quality suit featuring British bespoke tailoring - a suit of this quality today would cost a small fortune!