A stunning original early Second World War 'Smock, Drab' clearly dated 1942 and in a size No. 2.
This pattern of smock was introduced in 1942 and was based on the same design as the earlier Denim Windproof Smock. It is made from a lightweight, tan coloured gabardine material which features a 'salt and pepper' fleck to it. Chocolate brown coloured buttons are fitted throughout, as were often used on mid-war clothing. A white drawstring is fitted around the mouth of the hood whilst another larger example can be found along the bottom seam.
Inside the smock the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Smock Suit' and states the size as 2 and the manufacturer as 'Thomas Briggs (M/Cr) Ltd'. The date of 1942 is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. As well as the label there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' confirming the year of issue as 1943.
When laid flat the smock measures -
Chest - 27 1/2"
Inside arm - 20 1/2"
Outside arm - 20 3/4"
Shoulders - 24 1/2"
The smock is in stunning condition and does not appear to have been worn or issued. It displays extremely well with no signs of serious wear or use and just a few light marks from storage as seen in the pictures. It is very fresh overall and appears to be unworn.
This is a truly fantastic example of a rare early war smock, which is very sought after today.
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