An original blue end on end cotton collarless shirt made in the 1950s for an officer in the RAF.
This pattern of shirt was worn by officers in the RAF as well as by the police and the Fire Brigade. 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 the original label is still present and bears the maker's name of 'Chadwyn' and typical period graphics. 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 1/4"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
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. 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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