An original Royal Navy Officers Blue Working Dress Blouse dated 1945 and in good condition.
After much resistance from the Admiralty to introduce Battledress, 'Working Dress' was introduced in January 1944 for officers. Made from black serge wool, the blouse was made 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 buttons. The jacket features a notch lapel and pointed collar which can be fastened across the wearers neck. Epaulettes are fitted to each shoulder and feature gold bullion denoting the rank of Lieutenant.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as 10 which will fit someone 5'9" - 5' 10" tall with a 36"-37" breast and a 31-32" waist. The manufacturer's name is present as is the 1945 date. The original owner has marked his name to the label which reads 'A. Kettle'.
The jacket is in very good condition as can be seen in the pictures. The only flaw I can find is a small moth hole to the rear which is shown in the pictures. This is only noticeable on close inspection and overall the jacket displays very well indeed.
A nice original wartime dated example which would make a great addition to your collection!
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