A rare larger size economy pattern British Army Service Dress Tunic dated 1942.
Often referred to as '1922 Pattern' by collectors, this particular tunic is the wartime austerity pattern which features plain patch pockets on the chest rather than the pre and post war patterns which have pleats. Aside from this detail the tunic is more-or-less unchanged from the earlier pattern.
The tunic features a full set of brass Kings crown brass buttons and brass belt hangers in the waist. The lining is the standard khaki drill type used in these tunics during WW2.
Inside the tunic still retains its original label which is still bright and legible. It states the size as No.12 which is a hard to find broader size which is designed to fit a 40-41" chest. It also bears the maker's name 'L. Silberston & Sons' as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. Adjacent to the label is the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue.
When laid flat the tunic measures -
Chest - 20 1/2"
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 25"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 29 1/2"
The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures and it displays very well. It is very clean overall and there are no real signs of wear or use that I can see although the epaulettes are replacements which are made from a slightly different hue of serge as is detailed in picture 8. This has clearly been professionally done and does not overly detract from the tunic.
All in all a very nice tunic which would suit both the collector as well as the re-enactor due to its larger size.
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