A rare original 1943 dated British Army Khaki Drill Shirt complete with its original issue label.
This is a British made item which immediately makes it rarer and more sought-after by the collector. A huge amount of KD was made in the Middle East during the Second World War meaning it is more common today. British made examples such as this are much harder to find, particularly when they still have their original labels.
The shirt is made from a khaki coloured cotton drill and features a half placket front. The front and cuffs fasten with chocolate brown coloured buttons which are typical of items manufactured in 1943.
The original label can be found inside the shirt below the collar and is typically British. Interestingly the shirt is called 'K.D. Blouses, Tropical' and is a size number 2. It was made by 'F.H. Basset & Sons, Ltd' and bears the War Department broad arrow stamp along with the 1943 date. To the left of the label is the War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of issue.
When laid flat the shirt measures -
Chest - 22 3/2"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 22 1/4"
Length - at front - 26 1/2"
Length at back - 28 1/2"
Collar - 15 1/2"
The condition of the shirt is very good indeed. It does not appear to have seen any real use and there are no major signs of wear, damage or age. The uppermost front button is cracked as shown in the pictures and there is a small amount of staining. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
All in all a very nice shirt which would compliment any British Army collection. British made Khaki Drill items in this condition with their original labels present are becoming very hard to find!
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