An original pair of Civil Defence Overalls dated 1953 and in good condition.
This pattern of overalls closely follows that used by a variety of people during the Second World War making them an ideal stand in for an original wartime dated example. This pattern is close to that used by the RAF and the WAAF as well as by as those serving on the Home Front.
Made from a deep indigo coloured sanforized cotton, the overalls are a simple design as was favoured from the Great War through to the Second World War. They feature a buttoning front and a stand collar, typical of earlier overalls. The have long sleeves and a buttoning cuff, single chest pocket and slash pockets to the hips. Epaulettes are present to the shoulders and fasten with black revolving shank buttons, as commonly found on workwear, whilst the rear features a cinch-back belt and buckle - Another typical early feature.
The original manufacturers label is still present to the rear of the overalls and is both bright and legible. It states the size as No.4 which will fit someone of 5'6" to 5'8", a 34-36" chest and a 30-32" waist. When laid flat they measure -
Chest - 18 3/4"
Waist - 17"
Inside arm - 17 1/4"
Outside arm - 22"
Inside leg - 29 1/2"
Cuff - 9"
The overalls are in good condition with no signs of serious wear or use. They have clearly been laundered on a couple of occasions but overall display well and have plenty of year wear left in them.
All in all a nice pair of early overalls with some great details. These could suit a re-enactor or would make a good stand-in for a wartime set in a collection.