An original British Khaki Drill Shirt as worn by the British Army and RAF and dated 1954.
This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. It belonged to a Sergeant who served in the RAF in the post-war period.
The shirt features a full button front and short sleeves which were must likely cut down from long sleeves. They feature a nice turn-back detail which would have been added at the same time. The shirt is fitted with green rubber buttons as usually found on British made KD from this period. Two pleated chest pockets are also in evidence and feature scalloped pocket flaps. The epaulettes are still present to the shoulders.
Inside the shirt the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'N.C.S.Co.Ltd' of Belfast who are a less common maker. The size is stated as 15 which refers to the collar and the 1954 date is visible. The RAF contract number of 22E/883 is also present.
When laid flat the shirt measures -
Chest - 21"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 34"
Collar - 15"
The shirt is in good condition with some signs of wear and use in keeping with its age. There are some watermarks but these will most likely come out with careful laundering. It is a sound, wearable item but may have small issues consummate with its vintage. Please study the pictures for a better idea of condition.
A nice original post-war shirt with some good original features and a nice label.