This blazer would have been worn by a student of the London College of Pharmacy, which was founded in 1899, but it was not part of the official uniform. The forerunner of today’s college hoodies, wearing it was a way to show pride in the institution. Dating from around 1940, it was made by Jack Hobbs Ltd of Fleet Street, and would have been an expensive purchase at the time.
The top pocket has a metallic embroidered College crest with the Latin motto Floreant Cyanida — ‘may the Cyanides flourish’. The students referred to themselves as ‘the Cyanides’, as the College’s colours were light and dark blue, as seen on the blazer’s trim.
The College closed in 1945 as a result of the Second World War.