This was sold to me as being early 1930s, hand knit in British Columbia for a First Nations wedding. With the style of Lightning zipper stopbox it has, I don’t think I quite buy that provenance, but I will say it is an early one for the zip front cardigan style that would come to be so iconic in Canadian culture, most likely dating from the late 1940s.
This vintage shawl collar sweater was made in the 1940s in Stratford on Avon, Ontario, Canda from Ballantyne pure wool. The style is basically unchanged from the shawl collar cardigans popular in the US in the 1920s. Canadians continued producing this style after the trend had passed in the United States, and these were very popular with Curlers.
This vintage sweater was hand-knit in the 1960s. It has an equestrian theme, with a horse head on the back and a horseshoe on the front. It has the original owner’s name, Bill, knit into the pattern. The cardigan has a Talon zipper, of the design which was used starting in the late 1950s.
Chest (pit to pit, unstretched): 22″ (doubled = 44″)
Chest (pit to pit, stretched): 30″ (doubled = 60″)
Center of collar to end of sleeve: 36″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 23″