VINTAGE JACQMAR PROPAGANDA SCARF 'THE LONDON WALL'
This scarf ‘London Wall’ is the most sought after of a lively range of propaganda scarves and was produced by the British Jacqmar company in 1942.
It is known as the Holy Grail of propaganda scarfs.
It was part of a collection of similar age scarfs that had been stored for decades.
It is in perfect condition. I can find no marks, flaws, frayed edges or holes in this scarf and the colour remains bright and vibrant.
I think it is made from silk, though there is no label. These scarfs were originally made from rayon and silk but I think that this is a silk variant.
This scarf was made by cutting a length of printed fabric down the centre (to make 2 scarfs) and it, therefore, has one selvedge edge and 3 hand-stitched rolled hems.
This scarf measures 114cm long by 47cm wide.
This is a real vintage item, so I only have one available.
As with all vintage items, there may be signs of age and wear that I have not mentioned.
Please look at the pictures closely as they form part of the description.
In 1932 Joseph ‘Jack’ Lyons and his wife, Mary, launched the textile design company, Jacqmar, in Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London. They supplied silks to couture houses in London and Paris.
From 1939 - 1945 many large companies oriented their production to utility products. During this period Jacqmar created a range of propaganda scarves designed by Arnold Lever that encouraged the war effort and were designed to be attractive presents for allied forces to take home to their loved ones. It also encouraged liaisons between the different allied forces. These were not considered utility items and were taxed, costing 55 shillings and 10 pence.
The brightly coloured slogans represent handwritten posters pasted onto a brick wall. A lively combination of warnings and exhortations to persevere courageously in the face of war, such as Churchill's 'We shall not flag or fail, we shall go on to the end', is punctuated by the reminder that 'Bill Stickers Will Be Prosecuted.
This is the most treasured of the scarf range and this design was worn by the actress Ann Crawford as a young woman working in a munitions factory in the 1943 film ‘Millions Like Us’. Ann wore the scarf turban style for safety reasons.
I will post this to you within 5 days, delivery times after that vary.
An ideal Birthday or Christmas gift for any WW2 enthusiast.
This will be sent 2nd class signed for in the UK or international tracked and signed.