An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from 1952 and in a size No. 8.
Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket.
The jacket is made from the standard denim material and features patch pockets to the chest. It is fitted with butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. This example has had corporal stripes added to each sleeve.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is faded with only some details left legible. The size of 8 can be read and the War Department broad arrow is also present. The maker's initials of 'S.C.W.S Ltd' are also visible as is the 1952 date.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 24 1/2"
Waist - 18 1/2"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 24"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 21 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has signs of wear and use and has clearly been laundered. There is some staining but overall it is a very wearable jacket but is a vintage pre-worn item so may have small issues consummate with its age.
A nice original Denim Blouse in good wearable condition.
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