Rare 1930s Connock & Lockie Men's Bespoke Formal Waistcoat with Braces
For a very brief period during the 1930s, a new evening wear style arose from England combining a gentleman's waistcoat and his suspenders into one "more comfortable" piece of attire. Designed to eliminate the need to wear both braces as well as a waistcoat on formal occasions, this new, smart, vest unfortunately became a short-lived fad.
Very few examples of this 1930s innovative design exist today, which makes this piece a rare treat!
Fashioned in a black wool and lined in heavy white satin, this waistcoat was made by British bespoke tailors Connock & Lockie. It is dated Sept. 5, 1936 and looks to be made for a gentleman with the last name O'Henry.
Shoulder to waist: 18"
Label: Connock & Lockie
Unfortunately, this piece is not in wearable condition. While the waistcoat itself is in great shape, aside from some lining stains, the elastic in the braces has lost its stretch; is stained and starting to shred. It might be able to be replaced with the help of a good tailor. Waistcoat also is lacking its original buttons. This would be a great study piece or pattern piece should anyone be interested in bringing this style back into vogue. Priced accordingly.
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