An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse made by Raencrest Ltd in 1954 and in a size No. 5.
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 brass split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a chromium plated buckle which is held onto the jacket with green plastic buttons.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'RAENCREST LTD'. The size is marked as 5 which is designed to fit a 35-37" chest and a 31-33" waist. The 1954 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1954 as the year of issue.
The jacket is in good wearable condition and displays well. It only shows limited signs of wear and use but may have small issues consummate with age.
Altogether a good example of a Denim Battledress Blouse!
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