A very nice original wartime Civil Defence Battledress Blouse with ARP Warden Insignia.
The jacket is the standard A.R.P 57 pattern which was introduced in 1941. Modelled on the British Army battledress, the jacket is made from a black coloured serge wool and features a fly front and twin breast pockets. All the buttons are the stamped blued metal type used for Civil Defence battledress during 1942 and the waist belt buckle has also had the same finish applied.
The jacket is fitted with original 'old gold' embroidered Warden shoulder titles to the top of each sleeve and a bluette ARP badge to the left breast pocket. As well as this there is an original Local Air Raid Precautions enamelled badge fitted above to the same pocket which is a nice period addition. The jacket also comes complete with the correct pattern of lanyard in yellow.
Inside the jacket there are two interior pockets and the evidence of where the original label was previously fitted. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which appears to be surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue and ties in with the buttons.
The jacket is a larger size which will fit up to a 42" chest well. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 24"
Waist - 19 1/2"
Inside arm - 19 3/4"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 22 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It shows signs of wear and age but overall it displays very well. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice original ARP battledress which is very original and a guaranteed wartime example.