An original British Army 'Suit Snow Smock' dating from 1942 and in good condition.
These smocks saw issue with a variety of British units during the Second World War as well as US troops (including Airborne) in the Ardennes. This is the earlier, heavier pattern rather than the later lightweight examples made later in the War.
The smock follows the standard design used on all British Windproof Suits during the Second World War and formed a set with the matching trousers listed separately. Made from a hard wearing white cotton, the smock features four buttoning pockets to the front, a hood, a drawstring to the bottom edge and reinforcement sections to the sleeves. All the buttons are the plastic, chocolate brown coloured examples which were prevalent on British military clothing during the mid-war period.
Inside the smock still retains its original War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue. Based on the measurements I would suggest it would have been labelled as a size No. 2. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 27"
Inside arm - 20"
Outside arm - 20 1/2"
Shoulders - 26"
Length - 28"
The smock is in good condition and is still very wearable. There are some marks and stains as well as two holes along the bottom edge, one of which is illustrated in picture 4. The drawstring from the hood has been removed but a replacement could easily be sourced and fitted. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which has some flaws commensurate with age.
A nice example of this wartime pattern of smock which would make a good addition to any collection.
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