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February 2, 2020
George VI’s Naval Jackets

Two fine examples of the long-lasting qualities of the best bespoke tailoring featured on the latest series of BBC1’s the Antiques Roadshow in the form of a pair of naval jackets (one of them is pictured, right) which were made for King George VI by Savile Row Bespoke Association member Benson & Clegg.

King George VI enjoyed a close relationship with Benson & Clegg and was dressed for his coronation in 1937 by the house’s co-founder Harry Benson. Benson & Clegg made the King’s suits, morning dress, much of his military uniform and his trademark double-breasted overcoats, and was subsequently awarded a Royal Warrant to His Majesty King George VI as his official tailors in 1944.

Benson & Clegg Head Cutter Oliver Cross appeared on the Antiques Roadshow and explained the history of the still-immaculate jackets, which were made during the last war, and showed the original paper patterns for them.

The episode of Antiques Roadshow (Series 42, Episode 18) can be seen here. King George VI’s naval jackets feature from the forty-fifth minute.


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