Jacket, Swanndri; TM2003.276


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Jacket, Swanndri

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A khaki green Swanndri jacket with a hood and black lace up the front which opens 25cm down from the neckline. The upper section of the garment and hood are lined with grey wool. There is a single pocket with a button fastening at the wearer's top left. Two slits open at the bottom of the side seams, there are gussets under the arms and a band at either sleeve cuff with a button for adjusting sleeve width. The label inside the back neckline bears the Swanndri swan logo and reads "REG. TRADE MARK / SWANNDRI / M38 / WATERPROOFED / PURE VIRGIN WOOL / A JOHN MACK PRODUCT / MADE IN N.Z." The label is black with gold text. The label also bears the Woolmark logo. This Swanndri belonged to Murray Simpson who said it had served him well for many years. "I won the Swanndri in a game of pool at the Whangamomona Pub back in the late 1970s. At that stage it was already about 10 years old, not the oldest around, but as you can see from all the rips and tears, it has to be one of the most well worn. Still, the more holes and rips it got, the warmer it seemed to be. I once drove a vintage tractor home from Christchurch, up through Hanmer Springs and Molesworth and Rainbow Stations. In the five days it took, my swannie was used for a pillow, a towel, a bum rest, a rag, even for a fancy dress party. I've also got photos of tourists wearing it for momentos! My daughter Kate thought she'd like to have it, but I reckon its had a good life and should be retired, " he said.

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