Incredible Original 1954 Dated British Denison Smock - Size 6

Incredible Original 1954 Dated British Denison Smock - Size 6

Code: 55069

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A stunning example of a British Airborne Denison Smock which was made in 1954 by 'George Davis & Co'.

This pattern of smock was introduced in the immediate post-war years and is sometimes referred to as the 'third pattern' or the '1946 pattern' by collectors today. It is very similar in many ways to the wartime produced second pattern smocks as it features a 15" long half zip and similar colours. The main details which denote this as being a post-war smock are the knitted cuffs and the nickle plated 'Newey' branded press studs. 

The smock features a screen printed camouflage pattern with a sand coloured background with reddish-brown and green brushstroke pattern. The collar is lined with a khaki green coloured wool shirting material and epaulettes are located to each shoulder. The fishtail is still present to the rear and the front zip is a brass 'Flash' branded example which is typical of these early 1950s smocks. There are also two small tabs to each side which fasten with press studs and six more press studs to the front which the fishtail can be attached to. Knitted cuffs are fitted to the end of each sleeve and are in excellent condition. 

Inside the smock the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Smocks Denison Airborne Troops' below which is the size of 6. The maker's name of 'George Davis & Co (M/c) Ltd' is present below which is the date of 1954 and the War Department broad arrow mark.

The smock is a large size which is designed to fit up to a 42" chest and when laid flat it measures - 

Chest - 30"
Inside arm - 22"
Outside arm - 24"
Shoulders - 23"
Length - 34"

The smock is in stunning condition with only extremely limited signs of wear and age. All of the colours are still bold and bright with no signs of washing or fading. There is one small hole to one of the cuffs and some of the paint on the press studs is missing but aside from that the smock is in fantastic condition. There is also a small mark to the sleeve as illustrated in picture 9 and a very small hole illustrated in picture 7. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age. 

A fantastic example which would be truly very difficult to upgrade.