Original 1945 Dated Royal Army Ordnance Corps Battledress Blouse

Original 1945 Dated Royal Army Ordnance Corps Battledress Blouse

Code: 55435

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An original 1945 dated Canadian made battledress blouse which belonged to a captain of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

This jacket was made in Canada in May 1945 and was worn by a British officer. Commonwealth made battledress was often worn by British soldiers and it was considered to be of a higher quality and therefore sought-after. The jacket is the standard pattern produced in Canada throughout the Second World War which closely follows the design of the British 1940 pattern. It is fitted with printed Royal Army Ordnance Corps shoulder titles to the top of each sleeve below which are British Army of the Rhine formation flashes. Interestingly, the original owner has fitted removable khaki 'slip-ons' to the epaulettes which are fitted with metal rank stars. He has also fitted collar badges to the lapels which is another interesting feature. One has been removed but there is clear evidence of where it was fitted. The sleeve has also been extended as shown in picture 7.

Inside the jacket the original stamps are still present including the Canadian War Department broad arrow which is surrounded by a 'C'. The size is marked as 6 and the May 1945 date is present. The maker's name of 'Tip Top Tailors Ltd' is also present. 

The jacket is in good condition with some signs of wear and use. There are no serious flaws or damage and overall it displays well. It is however a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small issues commensurate with age. 

A nice original badge battledress jacket with an interesting insignia combination.