A very nice original first pattern Rhodesian brushstroke camouflage bush jacket which dates from the 1960s.
This pattern of camouflage was introduced into service in Rhodesia in 1965 and was used throughout the Rhodeisan Bush War. This example is a first pattern jacket which dates it to the 1960s. It features a screen printed brushstroke camouflage pattern of green and brown on a sand colour background with the green being the dominant colour. The jacket is cut in a classic bush jacket style and features a button front which is fly fronted, long sleeves which end in a barrel cuff and a stand a fall collar. Plain patch pockets are fitted to the chest and skirt and featured pocket flaps. The lower pockets feature a two button fastening with the buttons set to the edge of each flap which is a notable detail on this pattern. There is also a drawstring fitted to the waist inside the jacket.
An original parachute qualification wing has been fitted to the upper portion of the right sleeve. It has had the border heavily trimmed down and shows lots of signs of wear. It is undoubtedly original to the jacket.
The jacket is a larger size which will fit up to a 44" chest and perhaps larger. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 26"
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 24 3/4"
Shoulders - 19 3/4"
Length - 33"
The jacket is in good condition with various signs of wear and use. It is sound and wearable with no major flaws but does have wear to the inside of the collar. There are also a couple of holes to the sleeves and some white paint marks to the cuff. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A very nice original 1960s combat jacket in a fantastic class camouflage pattern.