An original British military khaki drill aertex shirt dating from the 1950s which is in good condition.
The label in this shirt features a Vocab number which means it was originally produced for the Royal Navy or Royal Marines. It is typical of shirts made during the 1950s for the British military being made from a tan khaki coloured cellular cotton. This material is often referred to as 'Aertex' and was popular with the military during this period due to its lightweight and breathable nature. The shirt features a full button front and pleated chest pockets which also fasten with buttons. Epaulettes are fitted to each shoulder and the collar features a spearpoint shape as was popular in the 1940s and into the early 1950s. There is evidence of where a corporal stripes has previously been fitted to the right sleeve.
Inside the neck of the shirt the original label is present and is bright and legible. It bears the maker's name of 'Faulat Belfast' who were a prolific maker of shirts for the British military in the mid Century period. Below this is the collar size of 15 1/2 and the vocab number is located to the bottom of the label.
The chest is a medium size which will fit a 38" - 40" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22"
Inside arm - 20 1/2"
Outside arm - 23 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length at back - 34 1/2"
The shirt is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are some signs of wear and use but overall it displays well. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original 1950s British military shirt!