Cotton, mother of pearl
Overall: 1 x 29 3/4 x 27 in. ( 2.5 x 75.6 x 68.6 cm )
White cotton short-sleeved Naval Ensign's uniform blouse with double collar, 4 buttons down the front, one button at the throat by the collar.
Gift of Miss Mary Jane Natto
embroidered: on label inside, bottom left: "MADE AND SOLD UNDER / AUTHORITY OF U.S. NAVY / W.A.V.E.S."
This blouse is part of a W.A.V.E.S. uniform worn by Naval Ensign Mary Jane Natto. "W.A.V.E.S." stands for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service." The branch was formed for the Navy during World War II, around 1942. The Society owns the remaining items to this uniform, as well as an additional complete W.A.V.E.S. uniform.
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