Origin: Poland | Mazowsze region | Lowicz area
Era: WWII era (circa 1930-1950)
Condition: very good; light wear to velvet and trim; minor stains and wear to lining; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements (with garments laying flat):
Across front: 17″ between underarms
Additional Notes: A relatively uncommon element of the local folk dress, this vest would have been worn for additional warmth during colder weather. Occasionally embellished with beads or embroidery, these vests were often undecorated and made from various types of fabrics ranging from solid colors to multi-colored stripes. The edges are finished with wooly black trim and the inside is lined with printed cotton common to the era. There are faint impression marks in the velvet indicating that the vest once had cord loops and buttons on the front, but these were removed at some point in history and replaced with hook-and-eye fasteners (which are also now quite old with rust). A surprisingly modern looking garment that would look great on the runway today yet dates back to the early post-war era.
Suitable for wear
WWII Era (circa 1930-1950)