An original 1945 dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse in a hard to find size 12.
This pattern of jacket was introduced in 1942 as an austerity pattern, replacing the earlier 1940 pattern which had a fly front and flapped pockets. This utility pattern has exposed buttons to the front and pockets which are green vegetable ivory (plastic) examples). It also features exposed buttons to the cuff and only the one interior pocket which are more notable details of the austerity pattern. There is shadowing to both sleeves where insignia has been fitted as illustrated in the pictures.
Inside the blouse the original issue label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as 12 which is designed to fit up to a height of 5' 10" and a chest of 40" - 41". The maker's name of 'black & Co Ltd' is also present, as is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow. The date is marked as a purple issue stamp for September 1945 which means the blouse was made prior to this.
The condition of the blouse is good with some signs of wear and use. There is a hole to the cuff and another moth graze to the front as illustrated in the pictures. Aside from that it is very a clean example which displays well and is still totally wearable.
A nice original battledress jacket with a clear label and in a good size.
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