1950s Clothing

White silk mens pajamas Sulka 1950s sea creatures 38-40 M

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SIZE: M (38-40)
Chest: measures 46” flat, to fit loosely for approx. 38 to 40”
Length: 30” from back of neck to hem
Sleeve length: 24” from shoulder seam
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam, across back: 17.25”
Waist: best for 33 to 35”
Outseam length: 41” from waist to hem
Inseam length: 28” (below long/lowered crotch)
Rise: 14” in front, from waist to center crotch seam
Width of leg at hem: 9.25” flat (18.5” around, when doubled)
LABEL: A. Sulka & Company, New York Chicago

This pair of white silk pajamas by Sulka dates from the early-to-mid 1950s, and features a fabulous sea-creatures-and-nets design, woven into in the lightweight, jacquard fabric. Sulka was a brand known for their high-quality men's accessories, often made of silk, such as scarves, robes, neckties--and elegant silk pajamas like these. Sulka customers at one time included famous folks such as the Duke of Windsor and Clark Gable, as well as the less-famous, but well-heeled consumer with a taste for the finer things in life. The pajamas are technically unisex, with traditional men’s pajama details like notched lapels, 3 patch pockets, and a drawstring (plus button-fly) waist. The waist drawstring has neat, tasseled ends. The buttons on the pj top and the pants are real shell. The cuffs, pockets, and lapels have royal blue piping trim, echoed by the “tuxedo” stripe on the outside of the wide-legged pajama pants. Both the top and the pants are intended to fit loosely, so bear this in mind when checking the flat measurements, above.

This 1950s silk pajamas set is in very good condition, with a faintly yellowed mark on the right side of the chest and a tiny, light mark near the lowest button (see close-up photos), as well as a very faint line of yellowing along the inside of the the collar and lapels, which will be invisible when the pjs are worn. In fact, none of these small issues are likely to be noticed when the set is worn, but we tried to make them as visible as possible in our photos.

Both the top and pants have “A. Sulka & Company” labels. The very similar Sulka pajama set that we have in silvery-grey, purchased form the same original owner, has a date of 1953 on its label, which makes us relatively sure of the date on this set, as well. There is also a size label of “38 B 40” at the hem of the pajama top, which makes the set approximately a vintage size men’s medium, but please see the measurements for more details about size.

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