original 1960 pattern combat smock in a size 8 which was made in the mid 1960s.
This pattern of smock was introduced in the early 1960s and replaced the earlier Sateen combat smock. It is the for-runner to the famous 1968 pattern combat smock issued throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Notable features of this earlier smock is the flat green colour and the stitched collar.
The smock is made from a dark olive green coloured cotton sateen and features patch pockets to the chest and lower patch pockets which have an invert pleat to allow them to expand. Long sleeves end in a buttoning barrel cuff whilst the elbow features a double layer reinforcement. The left breast pocket features a stitched section to allow a pen to be held. The zipper is a metal example marked 'Swift' which is typical of 1960s production jackets. There is evidence of where formation flashes have previously been fitted to the sleeves and the lower sleeves have Warrant Officer rank badges which are undoubtedly original to the jacket.
Inside the jacket is a large poachers style pocket to the bottom which fastens with a single button. Both the waist and bottom drawstrings are still present as is the original label. The label bears the title 'Smock, Combat (1960 Pattern)' and the maker's name of 'J. Mandelberg Ltd'. The War department broad arrow marking is also visible, as is the size of 8.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 26"
Inside arm -20 1/2"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 19 1/2"
Length - 34"
The smock is in good condition with signs of wear and use. It has various marks and stains etc but overall is still very wearable and is quite fresh on the whole as it still has the nice shiny shean it would have had when new, suggesting it has never been laundered.Please study the pictures before purchasing as this is a vintage item.
A nice original example in a harder to find large size.
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