An original 1964 dated 1960 pattern combat smock in a size Regular Medium.
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 brass example marked 'AZF'.
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 is the original label. The label bears the title 'Smock, Combat 1960 Pattern' and the maker's name. The 1964 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The size is stated as Long Medium, or Size 8, which is designed to fit someone between the height of 5' 11" and 6' 2" with a chest size between 39" and 42".
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 241/2"
Inside arm -20 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Shoulders - 19"
Length - 32"
The smock is in good wearable condition with some signs of wear and use as well which is to be expected of a vintage combat smock. Overall the smock has a very bright appearance with the fabric still retaining its sheen which it would have had when first issued. This has clearly not been washed and washed like many examples seen today! The lower front buttons have been removed as have the lower pocket buttons, quite possibly be the original owner as a personal preference. Some cuff buttons are also missing. Please study the pictures before purchasing as this is a vintage item.
A nice clean original example with a good date. These smocks are quickly becoming sought-after so it would make a great addition to any collection or wardrobe!
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