An original 1946 Dated Indian Made British Military Cotton Drill Bush Jacket in excellent condition.
This scrace pattern of bush jacket was introduced at the end of WW2 and is rarely encountered today. It features a three button closure to the front as opposed to the standard four usually seen. This, coupled with the lack of lower pockets and plain patch pockets to the breast, were clearly all designed to save on fabric and labour with the result being this utility piece. The three button front has a wide spacing giving the jacket a unique look. The lack of lower pockets also meant it could be tucked into trousers or shorts and worn as a shirt.
The jacket is made from a khaki coloured cotton drill as was often used for tropical uniforms during this period. It features long sleeves with a button cuff and buttoning epaulettes to each shoulder. The stand and fall collar can be worn fastened to the top or left open as shown in the pictures.
The tunic has been fitted with corporal stripes which are made from white cotton tape, as is regularly encountered during this period on KD. They are clearly original to the jacket.
Inside the tunic are a number of ink stamps, all of which are typical of those found in wartime Indian made military items. The circular date size stamp is present and bears the number 6. As well as this is the date stamp which reads 1946 .
The jacket will fit someone of around a 38" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 22 12"
Inside arm - 16"
Outside arm - 22 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
Length - 27"
The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It only shows limited signs of wear and age and overall it displays very well. There are some period repairs as detailed but overall the jacket has a great, original look about it. Please study the pictures before purchasing and remember that this is a pre-worn vintage jacket.
A nice example of this uncommon part of bush jacket with a clear date.