An original 1960 pattern combat smock in good condition, dating from the early 1970s and fitted with Scottish Command flashes.
Officially designated 'Smock Combat 1960 Pattern', 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 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. Both the central and the bottom drawstring are still present.
The front of the jacket fastens with an 'NZ' branded zipper, as are commonly found on combat jackets made during this period. Scottish Command flashes are fitted to each sleeve below which is evidence of where lance corporal stripes 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 6. The A/78 contract number is also present and dates the jacket to the early 1970s. The maker's name of 'JMandleberg & Co Ltd' is also present.
The jacket will suit around a 40" - 42" chest well and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 24 1/2"
Inside arm - 20"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Shoulders - 20 1/2"
Length - 31 1/2"
The smock is in good condition and is still a nice, deep colour. There are no signs of fading or washing giving the jacket a fresh appearance. There are some stains however and areas of light wear. 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 good clear labels.
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