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SOLD. GRAIL!  1956 3/2 Sack Tweed Three Piece Suit with Reversible Vest! c. 38, 40.

SOLD. GRAIL! 1956 3/2 Sack Tweed Three Piece Suit with Reversible Vest! c. 38, 40.

I have full provenance on this suit! It was purchased in 1956 in Scranton, PA for a graduating High School senior before he headed off to Princeton University; it was in his possession for the rest of his life, carefully stored in a cedar closet once he graduated from Princeton.

That this suit is now over 60 years old is a testament to how well well-made clothing can hold up if it is treated well, for this suit is still perfectly wearable in 2017--it needs no babying at all. It is cut from mid-weight tweed in a wonderful and classicially 1950s heathery tweed in a medly of dark forest and moss greens. The jacket is a classic 3/2 sack, with a lapped center seam down the back and a single hook vent. It has two button cuffs, and wonderfully narrow mid-century lapels. It is half-canvassed and half-lined in a beautiful 1950s geometric lining in colours that complement the tweed.

The vest is fully reversible; it could either be used as a vest cut from the same tweed as the jacket and trousers, or else it could be reversed so that it presents as an odd vest in a loden green that's the perfect complement to the rest of the suiting. The vest has two functional front pockets, and the back is constructed from the same patterned material as the jacket lining. The trousers are flat front and cuffed.

This suit is in Very Good/Excellent condition. It could use a dry clean and a press, and the jacket has a tiny weave fault on the front, as shown--this is just the size of a pinhead and I wouldn't have seen it had I not been looking very, very closely at the buttons it is close to! (If you wish, I can have this rewoven for $10--but it could just as readily be ignored.) There is also the very start of a fray at the corner of one of the interior pockets, as shown.

This suit was, of course, Union Made in the USA, and is a bargain at just $60, or offer.


Chest: 20 3/4
Sleeve: 23 (+1 3/4)
Shoulder: 18
Length: 29

Waist: 18
Inseam: 25 3/4 (+1) with 1 3/4" cuff.

Vest width: 18 1/2
Length: 24 1/8
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