An original 1960 pattern combat smock in a size 7, dating from the 1960s.
This pattern of smock was introduced in the early 1960s and replaced the earlier Sateen combat smock. It is the for-runner to the famous 1968 pattern combat smock issued throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Notable features of this earlier smock is the flat green colour and the stitched collar.
The smock is made from a dark olive green coloured cotton sateen and features patch pockets to the chest and lower patch pockets which have an invert pleat to allow them to expand. Long sleeves end in a buttoning barrel cuff whilst the elbow features a double layer reinforcement. The left breast pocket features a stitched section to allow a pen to be held. The zipper is a metal example which is marked 'Flash' to the front and 'made in England' to the reverse.
Inside the jacket is a large poachers style pocket to the bottom which fastens with a single button. Both the waist and bottom drawstrings are still present as are the original labels. The uppermost label bears details pertaining to care and wear whilst the lower label bears the title 'Smock, Combat 1960 Pattern' below which is the size is stated as 7 which is designed to fit someone between the height of 5' 11" and 6' 2" with a chest size between 36" and 38". The maker's name of 'J. Mandleberg & Co Ltd' is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 23 1/2"
Inside arm -21"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 33"
The smock is in excellent condition with only extremely limited signs of wear and use. It is still the deep, vivid colour it would have been when it came out of the factory and the material has a nice sheen to it. There are a couple of marks to the rear as illustrated in picture 9 but aside from that it is an extremely clean example. Please study the pictures before purchasing as this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice original example which is in fine condition!