An original blue end on end cotton collarless shirt made in the 1950s for an RAF officer.
This pattern of shirt was worn by officers in the RAF as well as by the police and the Fire Brigade. This example belonged to an officer who served in the RAF during the 1950s. End on end cotton shirts were used by both throughout the Second World War with this example being a later, 1950s version with a full buttoning front. It features a neckband collar to which a detachable collar can be fitted. The chest features patch pockets and loops are fitted to each shoulder to which epaulettes can be fitted. The cuff is barrel style and fastens with a single button.
Inside the neck of the shirt there are no labels but the neckband size is marked to the inside of the collar and reads '15 1/2'.
The shirt is a larger size which will fit up to a 40" chest well. When laid flat the shirt measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 22"
Outside arm - 25 1/4"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Collar - 15 1/2"
The shirt is in used condition but is still wearable. It has some light staining which can be seen in the pictures and has been reflected in the price. Please take time to study these before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage item which has some flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original 1950s RAF shirt in wearable condition.
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