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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1942-1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wolsey (manufacturer)
    Utility (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool jersey and plastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lyn Healy

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Essential fabrics such as wool were in short supply during the Second World War (1939-1945). The Utility clothing scheme ensured that the public could still buy warm woollen underwear, like these women's combinations. The style is slim-fitting, with narrow hems and no trims. The original shop tag is still attached.

Physical description

Cream wool jersey ladies' combinations. Short-sleeved, knee-length with ribbing at the cuffs and at the knees. Round neck, cream plastic buttons down the centre front. Open at the crotch.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1942-1948 (made)


Wolsey (manufacturer)
Utility (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Wool jersey and plastic

Marks and inscriptions

'Wolsey / CC41 / 600B Size W / Shrink Resisting'
Makers's mark

'McIlroy's / 14/8 / 6c'
Retailer's identification


Height: 65 cm neck to crotch, Height: 102 cm neck to knee, Circumference: 78 cm waist

Object history note

Registered File number 1989/302.

Descriptive line

Wool jersey ladies' combinations, manufactured by Wolsey for Utility, Great Britain, 1942-1948

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

De la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997. Plate 140.

Labels and date

During the war essential materials such as wool were in short supply. The Utility scheme ensured that warm woollen underwear, like these ladies' combinations, remained available to the public. The original shop tag is still attached. [1997]


Wool jersey; Plastic


Underwear; Fashion; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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