An original Second World War British Army Officers Service Dress dating from 1941.
This jacket and trousers set was made by Maxted Ellis Ltd in April 1941 for K. A. Bull who served with the Royal Artillery throughout WW2. Both his Greatcoat and cap are listed above and below this.
This pattern of tunic and trousers was used by British Army Officers for many years and still hasn't changed drastically to this day. This particular example however, clearly dates from WW2. It is made from a khaki green barathea and features a rayon lining, both of which are typical of the period. The cut is also in keeping with the era being reasonably short in the body.
The jacket features two pips to each shoulder denoting the rank of lieutenant. This is particularly nice as most tunics found today are attributed to captains and have three sets of holes on each epaulette. A single medal ribbon of the 1939-45 star is present above the left breast pocket which suggests that the K. A. Bull did not fight overseas. It is quite possible he was employed on anti aircraft duties or some similar home defence throughout the war. Also of note is that the original matching cloth belt and brass buckle are also still present.
Inside the jacket the original tailors label is still present and states the maker as 'MAXTED-ELLIS LTD'. The dated of April 1941 is present as is the original owners name.
The tunic comes with its original matching trousers which are typical of the period featuring a high rise waist, twin pleats tot he front and slash pockets on the hips. A single buttoning rear pocket is present as are brace buttons which are fitted around the top edge of the inner waistband. The trousers fasten with buttons as is usual with British tailoring of this period and a small period laundry tag has been left tacked onto the rear interior lining.
Both the jacket and trousers are in very good condition as can be seen in the photographs. They display very well with only very limited signs of wear and use.
A very nice early war set in great shape. This would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor.
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