An original 1966 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 and features patch pockets to the chest and lower patch pockets which feature 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 zip is missing its puller and there are a couple of teeth missing as shown in the pictures. The jacket still fastens with buttons so this isn't a huge issue.
Inside the jacket is a large poachers style pocket to the bottom which fastens with a single button. A drawstring is fitted to the waist and the original labels are also present to the interior. The label bears the title 'Smock, Combat 1960 Pattern' and the makers name of 'B.M.C'. The 1966 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The size is stated as Regular Medium which is designed to fit someone between the height of 5' 7" and 5' 10" with a chest size between 37" and 39".
When laid flat the jacket measures -
CHest - 23 1/2"
Inside arm -21"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulders - 19 1/2"
Length - 30 1/2"
The smock is in good wearable condition with various signs of wear and use as well as some staining which is to be expected of a vintage combat smock. There are some small holes to the epaulettes where badges have previously been fitted and there is a small hole to the armpit. Please study the pictures before purchasing as these flaws are detailed.
Whilst not the finest ever example of this pattern of smock, it has a good look to it and a nice clear label. These smocks are quickly becoming sought-after so it would make a great addition to any collection or wardrobe!
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