An original Civil Defence austerity pattern battledress blouse dating from the Second World War and in a size No. 3.
This pattern of blouse was introduced in mid-1942 as an austerity measure and replaced the earlier pattern which did not have exposed buttons. Officially designated 'Blouses A.R.P 59A' which was the heavier wool intended for use with Rescue party workers. The label is the paper and the War Department stamp appears to be surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue and confirms this is a wartime example.
The blouse features black plastic buttons and a steel waist belt buckle, typical of those used on battledress jackets manufactured in the mid-war period.
The original label is present to the interior and is bright and legible. It states the size as No.3 which will fit someone of up to a height a 5' 4" with a 38-40 chest and a 36 -38" waist. The maker's name is 'M. Craps & Sons Ltd' and the War Department broad arrow is present below this.
The jacket is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. There is a stain to the waist belt which may come out with laundering but overall it displays very well. This is a vintage, pre owned item however so may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice original WW2 Civil Defence jacket which would make a great addition to any collection
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