Vintage Original Flamborough Gansey October 27 2013
We were fortunate enough to be able to buy this extremely rare
example of an original hand knitted Flamborough Gansey sweater recently.
It's the finest vintage Gansey we have seen. It's a real museum piece and
a beautiful example of British heritage knitwear.
Woven name label sewn neatly into the back neck.
Bought from a local auction house and originaly belonging to
Mr.D.M.Burnhill from the small village of Sewerby a couple of miles down the
coast from Flamborough Head.
Knitted around 1940-50 in a 4ply wool, probably using the original
Poppleton's Gansey wool from Harrogate. This is a much finer yarn
then is available today. For the wearer the finer yarn means a denser
knit structure giving far better warmth and rain resistance. For the knitter
however the finer yarn means many more hours of knitting.
The Gansey must be over 50 years old and yet it has not lost any of its
shape and hardly any of its colour. The definition of the Net Mask & Cable
patterns is staggering.
The size is now a small, washed down and shrunk a little from what was
probably a medium when first knitted. The continuous washing by both man
and the North Sea have left the knit with a tight almost felt like structure.
It is easy to see where the phrase Fishermans Iron comes from.
This type of traditional hand knitting really would turn water.
Looking at the excelent condition of a Gansey this old and well made gives us
a glimpse of a time stretching away from us now. When clothes were made,
not bought and care was taken to ensure at least one lifetime of use.
Ahh the good ol days.