Vintage 1940s Cherry Red Knit Suit- New!

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SKU #1842


Size: Small - Medium

Bust: 32 - 38 inches + 81- 96.5 cm

Waist: 26 - 30  inches + 66 - 76 cm

Hips: 36 inches - 40 inches + 91- 102 cm

Top Length from Outside Shoulder: 19.5 inches + 49.5 cm

Skirt Length From Waist: 30 inches + 76 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  45 inches + 114 cm 

Hem Length: none

Zipper Length: n/a

Seam Allowance: n'a

Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and then stretched from seam to seam. The latter measurement is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.



* Magnificent late 1940s cherry red knit commercially made suit

* Classic silhouette with cinched waist and straight skirt

* Three quarter sleeves with turn over cuffs

* Front button closure and short peaked collar

* Collar is edged in cream mohair

* Pearlised buttons down front

* Ribbed at waist

* Skirt is straight

* Label reads Bobbie Brooks

Bobbie Brooks was founded in 1939 by Maurice Saltzman and Max Reiter in Cleveland, Ohio. Originally called Ritmore Sportswear, Inc., the company was bought by Saltzman in 1953 and became Bobbie Brooks, Inc. (Note: The name Bobbie Brooks was used even before the name of the company was changed, possibly as early as 1941.) In 1959, it became the first woman’s garment-making company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. During the 1960s, Bobbie Brooks was one of the five largest garment manufacturers in the US, with fifteen factories producing 18,000,000 garments a year. Bobbie Brooks used an organised plan of choosing which garments to manufacture. This plan utilised a consumer board made up of 600 of their targeted consumers – junior-sized teens and young women. The company is now owned by Garan, and as of 2010, was carried in Dollar General stores. (Courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)



Magnificent later 1940s suit in a glorious colour. No notable flaws that I can see, other than the pear layer is flaking on the buttons, not really noticeable as the underneath is a creamy white. Shown in the last photos. Truly this is a beautiful suit and in the best condition for its age. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.


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This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.

We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.

Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

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Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.