An original British Army Ordinary Ranks collared shirt in new old stock, unworn condition.
This shirt is one from a bail which was packed in 1946 and not opened until this year. These shirts were found as part of a deadstock from a surplus store which closed in the early 1990s.
Dress regulations changed in late 1944 in the British Army for Ordinary Ranks. Whilst previously they had been issued with collarless shirts to be worn underneath battledress blouses fastened to the top; the new regulations allowed for a collar and tie to be worn with the blouse collar open. Collared shirts went into production at this point whilst some soldiers had detachable collars stitched onto the collarless shirts they already own.
The shirt features a half placket front and is made from the khaki coloured flannel shirting usually found on issue shirts and features long sleeves with a barrel cuff and a large, typically 1940s spearpoint collar. Green-brown coloured buttons are fitted throughout which are typical of late war manufacture.
Inside the neckband of the shirt the original label is still present and bears the size of 8, the 1946 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The maker's initials are also present and reads 'C.M.C'
These tunic front shirts are generously cut across the chest and shoulders to allow them to be pulled on over the wearer's head. Size 8 is the largest size produced and will fit up to a 44" chest. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 26"
Inside arm - 22 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 3/4"
Length at front - 34"
Length at back - 39 1/2"
Shoulders - 21"
Collar - 18"
The shirt is in great condition and has never been worn. Overall it displays very well and is still very fresh and bright. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage item which may have small issues commensurate with age. You will be sent one shirt from the bail which is identical to this but may have small differences due to storage.
Large size original uniform items are hard to find so grab one of these while they are available!
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