Original 1945 Dated 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse - Size 12

Original 1945 Dated 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse - Size 12

Code: 55467

£195.00 Approx $245.59, €227.8

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 coloured 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.  The original owner has marked his serial number in a few places including inside the cuff as illustrated in picture 8.

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 (Clothiers) Ltd' is also present, as is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue.

When laid flat the jacket measures - 

Chest - 23 1/2"
Waist - 18 1/2" (Adjustable)
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 19 1/4"
Length at back - 20 1/2"

The condition of the blouse is used condition but is still totally wearable. There is some staining to the right sleeve and a small hole as well as another small hole to the rear of the left sleeve (picture 11). There is wear to the cotton lining of the cuff as wellas to the collar as illustrated in picture 9. Overall it is a fairly good jacket blease study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which has flaws commensurate with age. 

A good original battledress jacket with a clear label and in a good size.