An original 1964 dated 1960 pattern combat smock in good condition and in a size 5.
This pattern of smock was introduced in the early 1960s and replaced the earlier Sateen combat smock. It is the for-runner to the ubiquitous 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 pockets which have a box 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.Both the bottom drawstring and waist drawstrings are still present.
The front of the jacket fastens with an 'Flash' branded zipper, as are commonly found on combat jackets made during this period. The reverse of the zip is marked 'Made in England'. The jacket has been fitted with corporal stripes at some stage and there is clear evidence of where they have been removed.
Inside the jacket the features a poachers pocket which fastens with a single green coloured plastic button. Two original labels are present including the manufacturer's label which bears the title 'Smock Combat 1960 Pattern' and the size of 5. The maker's name of 'J Mandelberg & Co. Ltd' is also present, as is the 1964 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
The jacket is designed to fit a 37" - 39" chest well and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 19 1/2"
Outside arm - 23 3/4"
Shoulders - 19 3/4"
The smock is in good condition with plenty of signs of wear and use but is still very wearable. Overall it displays well and there are no serious flaws. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn jacket.
A nice original 1960 pattern combat jacket with a good clear label!
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