An original 1960 pattern combat smock in well used condition.
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 a 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 inverted 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 'NZ'.
Inside the jacket is a large poachers style pocket to the bottom which fastens with a single button and both the central and the bottom drawstrings are still present. The original label is still present and bears the title of 'Smock Combat 1960 Pattern'. The size is stated as 4 and the manufacturer's name of 'J. Mandleberg & Co Ltd' is also included. As well as this there is the A/78 contract number which dates this to the early 1970s.
The jacket is a small size and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Inside arm - 22"
Outside arm - 25 3/4"
Shoulders - 19"
Length - 31"
The smock is in heavily worn condition with plenty of signs of wear and use. It has been washed and has taken on a soft, pliable feel. It is in wearable condition but has a number of flaws including some holes and staining. There is heavy wear around the collar as well as some period darn repairs. The zipper has two breaks in it but still functions with care. These issues have been reflected in the price but please study the pictures before purchasing as this is a vintage item.
A well worn original example with some real character!