An original British Army 'Smock Combat Sateen' dated 1957 and is a size 5.
Whilst at first glance this jacket could almost pass for a 1960 pattern combat jacket, it is in fact its much rarer predecessor. This pattern replaced the gaberdine smock in approximately 1952 and was made throughout the 1950s seeing widespread issue during this period as well as in the 1960s.
This particular example dates from 1957. It features the stitched collar associated with these 1950s and 1960s smocks as well as flapped patch pockets situated to the front of the jacket which fasten with the same style of buttons as used for the fly front. The front of the smock fastens with a brass 'Swift' branded zipper which features a pendant shaped puller which is typical of the 1950s. The left hand upper breast pocket has a stitched divide inside it for holding a pen. Two drawstrings also form part of the design with one at the waist and one along the bottom seam. The sleeves feature a buttoning cuff with two button positions and the arms have a reinforced panel around the elbow area. The collar features a button and a tab to fasten it around the wearer's neck.
The interior of the jacket features two open topped patch pockets as well as a large poachers pocket to the rear. This fastens with a single green coloured plastic button which is still present. The original labels are also present to the interior with the uppermost featuring care instructions whilst the lower is the usual style of manufacturers label which bears details pertaining to size. It bears the title of 'Smock Combat Sateen' and states the jacket as a size 5. The manufacturer's name of 'L. Silberston & Sons Ltd' is present as is the 1957 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
The smock is in good condition with plenty of signs of wear and age. There is staining throughout and what looks to a number painted in yellow to the left breast pocket. There are some holes to the arms but these are in the reinforced areas so are not full holes, just wear to the outermost layer. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage jacket which is over 60 years old which has some issues commensurate with its age.
All in all a nice example of this rare pattern of smock complete with its original label.