An original Royal Navy Officers Blue Working Dress Blouse dated 1944 which is 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 black 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 brown 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 'Admiralty Blue Serge Working Dress Blouse OFFICER'S' and states the size as No. 13 which is a medium size designed to fit a 38" - 39" chest and a 33" - 34" waist. The War Department broad arrow marking is present as is the 1944 date and the maker's name of 'H. Lotery & Co Ltd'.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 22 1/2"
Waist - 17"
Inside arm - 19 3/4"
Outside arm - 26 3/4"
Shoulders - 18 1/4"
Length at back - 23 1/2"
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. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original wartime dated example which would make a great addition to any collection!
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