Potters Bar Museum appeal after mystery donation
PUBLISHED: 11:50 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 11 May 2017
Potters Bar Museum is appealing for help after receiving an intriguing donation of interesting wartime garments.
Back in January the museum received a mystery donation - a suitcase full of garments left by an unknown donor.
A note on the top one stated that some of these were wartime objects and were made with the materials available off-ration at the time, such as blackout cloth, butter muslin (regarded as a food covering for butchers) and plastic (rare but not unknown). In fact clothes rationing lasted until March 1949, nearly four years after VJ Day, so some plastic items would have been available by then. Others, as you will see, were pre-war.
Curator Arnold Davey said: “I got the impression they may have been used for amateur dramatics.
“There’s Mickey Mouse and a sailor suit.
“The stuff is obviously home-made.
“The buttons don’t always match.
“I’m just intrigued where it all came from and what the story is behind it.
“It arrived in the museum back in January and no-one knows who dropped it off.
“We have been classifying it and trying to guess the age of it.”
The items are said to be in good condition and have been well preserved.
There are some clues. There is a blue cloak labelled “Official Dance School Uniform Coat. This had to be worn at all concerts produced by Doris Sparrow between 1935 and 1937”.
There is a Minnie Mouse costume from 1937 labelled “Worn by Marjorie Morgan”.
The Morgan name appears again on a green plastic child’s top, V. Morgan this time.
There are several sailor suits, with various ranks and also some adult women’s dresses, which are quite sparkly.
A sailor’s hat is labelled “HMS Vera”.
Call the Mr Davey any time on 01707 654179 or leave details with the museum stewards if you can shed any light on the garments.