An original Royal Navy Officers Blue Working Dress Blouse dating from the latter part of the Second World War 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 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 two plain black buttons. The jacket features a notch lapel and pointed collar which can be fastened across the wearer's neck. Epaulettes are fitted to each shoulder and feature gold bullion denoting the rank of commander. Buttons are usually fitted to these although they have been removed.
Inside the jacket there is evidence of where the original label would have been fitted to the waistband. This is the standard place for labels to be fitted in wartime manufactured examples and whilst this jacket is not dated I am confident it is wartime.
The jacket is a generous size which should fit a 42" chest easily and quite likely a 44". When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 24"
Waist - 18"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 26"
Length - 24"
Shoulders - 19"
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.
A nice original wartime dated example which would make a great addition to any collection!