An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1952 and in a size No.6.
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 features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a steel buckle.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'John Peck & Co Ltd'. The 1952 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and various details relating to sizes. The jacket is designed to fit a 38-40" chest and a 34-35" waist.
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 a small hole above the waist belt as can be seen in the pictures. Overall it is a very wearable jacket and displays very well but is a vintage pre-worn item so may have small issues consummate with its age.
A nice original example of a Denim Blouse in good wearable condition.
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