An original 1945 dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse in good condition.
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.
Inside the blouse the original issue label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as 9 which is designed to fit up to a height of 5' 8" and a chest of 39" - 40". The maker's name of 'J. D. Fieldman & Co Ltd' is also present, as is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow. The original owner has marked his name in ink which reads 'David Wright'. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue.
The condition of the blouse is very good with some limited signs of wear and use. There is a small hole to the front (picture 4), another to the right sleeve (picture 5) and a small amount of wear to the cotton drill at the end of the waist belt. Aside from that it is quite a clean example which displays well and is still very wearable.
A nice original battledress jacket with a clear label and in a good size.
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