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Clothing - Shirt

Shirt

  • Object:

    Clothing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1884-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dr Jaeger's Co. Ltd. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven wool, machine stitched

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Theatre Museum Association

  • Museum number:

    S.1417-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jaeger short sleeved shirt, worn by the playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). From Shaw's personal wardrobe.

Shaw was an enthusiastic patron of the Jaeger Company and wore many of their garments, as did the playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). The first branch of the Jaeger Company was established in 1884. The company promoted the health benefits of Dr. Jaeger's 'hygenic', 'Sanitary Woolen System' as outlined in his 1880 publication Die Normalkleidung als Gesundheitsschutz. The appeal and success of their products was such that, by 1900, the company had opened twenty branches across Britain.

Physical description

Jaeger short sleeved shirt, worn by the playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). From Shaw's personal wardrobe. The cream shirt is woven from pure wool, it has a soft collar and a centre front opening which fastens with a vertical row of 4 pearlised buttons. The shirt is cut in a simple T-shape, with short sleeves, and curved side vents, it is slightly longer at the rear than at the front. A label marked 'Jaeger, 126 Regent Street' has been sewn into the interior of the collar and a further label, woven in blue with the distinctive Jaeger trademark has been stitched to the interior of the proper left side interior of the front opening.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca.1884-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Dr Jaeger's Co. Ltd. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Woven wool, machine stitched

Marks and inscriptions

'JAEGER / 126 Regent St.W.'
Woven text, red thread on cream cotton tape ground. The label is stitched to the interior of the collar.

'Jaeger's Sanitary Woollen System / Pure Wool Warrented'
Blue text woven on cotton tape, trademark. Label is style to the proper left interior of the front opening.

'-9-'
Marking made in red cotton, stitched to the interior of the collar.

Dimensions

Length: 75 cm Centre front collar to front hem, Length: 83 cm Centre Back collar to rear hem, Width: 56 cm Widest point

Object history note

Given to the British Theatre Museum Association by Barry Jones in November 1973.

Descriptive line

Jaeger short sleeved shirt, worn by the playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). From Shaw's personal wardrobe

Materials

Wool; Cotton thread

Techniques

Weaving; Machine stitching

Categories

Clothing; Men's clothes; Underwear

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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