An original 1965 dated RAF officers shirt in excellent unworn deadstock condition.
This pattern of shirt was worn by officers throughout the Second World War. It is the correct half-placket front and not the full button front which was phazed in later on. Whilst dated 1965, this shirt would easily pass for a wartime example as it is identical to those produced during the war. It is made from the standard blue coloured end-on-end cotton and features a barrel cuff which fastens with a button. The collar is neckband style, to which a detachable collar can be fastened.
Inside the neckband of the shirt the original markings are still present and are bright and legible. The maker's initials are present as is the 1965 date and the collar size of 15 1/2". Below this is a small white label which bears the words 'Sanforized Regd Shrunk Fabric'.
These shirts are cut wide across the shoulders and chest to allow them to be pulled on over the head which needs to be taken into account when studying the sizes below. It will be a good fit for someone of around a 38" - 40" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 24"
Inside arm - 22 1/2"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 38"
Collar - 15 1/2"
The shirt is in excellent condition which could be described as deadstock. It has clearly never been worn and is in fantastic condition. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a pre-owned, vintage item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
Overall an excellent original shirt which would be very hard to better.
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