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Ann Wakeling Ventile Jacket

Accession Number

1431.2017.1

Object Name

Ann Wakeling Ventile Jacket

Created

30/11/2017

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

30/11/2017

Brief Description

Ventile jacket with drawstring hood and nylon zip. 2 buttoned pockets and 1 velcro pocket. 6 metal studs.

Materials

Ventile cotton

Dimensions

80(L) x 60(W) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

On label " VENTILE 100% COTTON" and washing instructions. on tag below "WAKELING"

Colour

pale green

Maker

Ashton Bros

Object Production Place

England

Provenance

Make and mend is an old naval term for an afternoon off, or more specifically, an afternoon without ship’s duties when sailors could make or mend their uniforms since they were not issued with them in the early days.
Not surprisingly then, that when Ann Wakeling started her sewing business in Aviemore in the 1970’s she called it Make and Mend. She mended lots of things and made lots of others including this fabulous ventile mountain jacket. Ventile had been invented during World War 11 in an effort to increase the survival time of pilots who ditched into the sea. It worked and greatly increased the survival rate.
The cloth was popular after the war and still has a following 60/70 years later. Recent trials have compared it favourably with Gore-Tex and other modern, alleged, waterproof materials.
Lovely little timepiece. Thanks Ann.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Ann Wakeling

Acquisition Date

30/11/2017

Condition Check Date

30/11/2017

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

30/11/2017

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