These fantastic early coveralls are a real rarity and a great find! They were made in Canada by GWG (Great Western Garment Company) who were founded in 1911. The company made high quality work clothing in the style of American makers such as Blue Bell and Lee and like those Makers GWG also made clothing for both World War 1 and World War 2. GWG’s slogan was "They wear longer because they're made stronger" and this boiler-suit proves the point, having been likely made in the late 1940s to the early 1950s.
These coveralls closely resemble Lee’s famous Unionalls with their tailored belt-back design and are made from stout herringbone twill which has soften beautifully over the years. They also feature fantastic branded buttons which can be found both on the central closure and at the hip pockets.
Another lovely detail is the original embroidered GWG label with its wonderful period design and bright colours. It also boasts its original United Garment Workers of America label. Also know as a union tag, these were stitched into American made clothing from the early 19th century.
These very rarely survive and are highly sought after by vintage collectors. They are also good and long, perfect for a hefty turn up!
These are tagged as a size 42 however they look great worn oversize!