An original British Army Leather Jerkin clearly dated May 1940.
This pattern of leather jerkin came into issue with the British Army during the Great War and stayed in service throughout the Second World War and well into the post-war years. This particular example is from the early part of the Second World War and can be seen by the date on the original label.
The interior is lined with a khaki green wool shirting material as was standard with this pattern of jerkin. To it is affixed the original manufacturer's label which bears the title of 'Jerkin No.2 Leather' and states the size as size No.1 which is intended to fit a 34" - 41" chest. The maker's name of ‘Wareings (Northampton) Ltd’ is also present as is the date of September 1940.
The jerkin will fit a 36-40” chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat the jerkin measures -
Chest - 22 1/2”
Shoulders - 18 1/2”
Length - 27 1/2”
The condition of the jerkin is very good with no real signs of wear or use. It is pretty sound overall and all the stitching appears strong. All four original buttons are present and it looks to be very wearable. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
Altogether a nice original example of a British Army jerkin complete with a rare early date. This would make a good addition to any collection!
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