An original late war British Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1944 and in a size 6.
At first glance this jacket appears to be a standard wartime pattern Denim Battledress Blouse but is in fact the 'Drill' version - So called because it is made of cotton drill, rather than denim. These drill blouses were made throughout the Second World War alongside the Denim examples and look identical aside from the much greener colour of the material. Interestingly, this example is labeled as denim although it is in fact a drill jacket.
The jacket is fitted with a full matched set of revolving shank buttons which are all held on with brass split rings. A wartime pattern steel waist buckle fastens the waist and is held on with green plastic buttons, as was standard for late war manufacture.
Inside the original label is still present and is still bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Overalls Blouse - Denim', the size of 6 and the manufacturer's name of 'Commercial Mnfg Co.'. The 1944 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
The jacket is designed to fit someone of a 38" - 40" chest and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 23 1/2"
Waist - 17 1/2"
Inside arm - 17"
Outside arm - 21"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 21 1/2"
The jacket is in used condition with signs of previous wear and laundering. It is still very wearable with no serious flaws or damage. There is a repair below the right breast pocket which is evident in the pictures. It is of course a vintage, pre-owned item so may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice original wartime example with signs of genuine wear.
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