An original Royal Navy Officers Blue Working Dress Blouse dated 1944 and in good condition.
After much resistance from the Admiralty to introduce a Battledress style uniform, 'Working Dress' was introduced in January 1944 for officers. Made from dark navy blue coloured serge wool, the blouse was cut along the same lines as its British Army and RAF counterparts and is often referred to as 'No. 5A Working Dress'. The jacket features two plain patch pockets and exposed buttons. The front fastens and again has exposed buttons, all of which are gilt examples whilst the waist fastens on one of three plain black coloured buttons. The jacket features a notch lapel and pointed collar which can be fastened across the wearer's neck.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title 'Blue Serge Work Dress Blouse Officers' and states the size as No. 9 which is designed to fit a 39" - 40" chest and a 34" - 35" waist. The maker's name of 'H. Lottery & Co Ltd' is present as is the 1944 date.
The jacket is in very good condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are some limited signs of wear and use but overall it is a good, clean example. There are a couple of moth nips to the rear of the left sleeve and another toe the rear which are both illustrated in picture 6. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item.
A nice original wartime dated example which would make a great addition to any collection!
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