The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley
On this page ..... a child's apron,and the only item of clothing that's come to light so far.....for either series.
Strictly speaking it's probably best described as a tabard.
There are 2 labels in the neck.One has a logo -an outline of a house with "Prova" inside- followed by "Drip Dry Cotton" and "Length 20"
And the other just has an item or pattern number of "4520/1/8381".
"Prova" was the own label branding used by British Home Stores [BHS] from 1960 onwards.Along the same lines as M&S's use of "St.Michael".
Harder to explain is the complete absence of any Herbal copyright markings.
But it clearly relates to The Herbs rather than the sequel,and I'd be very surprised if it wasn't among the earliest items to be produced.And "earliest" means 1968.
It's also an unusual thing for a company to be interested in as a one-off,so you'd think it must've been part of a small range......until you start scratching your head wondering what else they could've included,and come to the conclusion that maybe it's no coincidence it's the only item of clothing to surface .... so far.
The pic above shows the front,but the back has the same repeat pattern with a tie half way down to match the one at the top.
And that simple repeat is shown in close-up below.
No pockets.And no Bayleaf or Constable Knapweed,which is a bit surprising,particulary when the onion clan get such a lot of cloth space. But you can't deny they make a handy border along the bottom and useful infills in the top half.
And all-in-all it's a lovely,evocative little item.
And the old romantic in me hopes it saw a lot of messy fun in kitchens all over the country !