An original British Khaki Drill shirt made from cellular cotton and dating from the 1950s.
Khaki Drill shirts were worn throughout the Second World War and well into the 1960s by soldiers, sailors and airmen serving in hot climates. This example is made of cellular cotton, or 'aertex' as it is often called, which is a lightweight, breathable fabric which is ideally suited for wear in hot climates. The shirt features a fully buttoning front which dates it to the post-war period although it features green rubber buttons as used during WW2. Pleated patch pockets are located to the front of the chest and feature scalloped pocket flaps whilst epaulettes can be found at the shoulders and fasten with green rubber buttons.
Inside the shirt the original label is still present and although faded the collar size of 16 can be seen, as can the War Department broad arrow.
The shirt will suit someone with a 40" chest. When laid flat the shirt measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 25"
Collar - 16"
The shirt is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of wear and use. It is very wearable and displays well but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn, vintage shirt with some issues commensurate with age.
A good original period shirt with some nice details.
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