An original 1942 dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse in a large size 15.
This pattern of jacket was introduced in 1942 with this example being an early production version which features twin inside pockets, whereas most later austerity jackets only feature one. It is fitted with chocolate brown coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) buttons to the cuff which are another trait of these early production jackets. It is made from the standard khaki green coloured wool serge material and features exposed buttons throughout as well as a chromium plated waist belt buckle. Darts have been added below the collar which is a typical period addition often found on blouses issued to privates prior to late 1944 when shirts and ties were introduced for all ranks.
The jacket comes complete with original period insignia to a private in the 5th Royal Dragoon Guards serving in the 9th Armoured division which consists of brass RDG shoulder titles, 9th Armoured Division panda bear formation to the right sleeve and a shamrock flash to the left sleeve.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as 15 which is designed to fit a 42" - 43" chest and a 37" - 38" waist. The issue date of November 1942 is very clear, below which is the War Department broad arrow marking. Adjacent to the label is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which confirms the year of issue as 1942.
The jacket is in excellent condition with only small signs of wear and age. It displays very well with no major flaws or issues but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original jacket in a hard to find large size and fitted with nice original period insignia.