An original British Army Denim Blouse in new old stock condition and dated 1946.
Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket.
Being just post-war dated the jacket is identical to wartime manufactured examples. It features revolving shank buttons which are attached with brass split rings and a steel waist buckle.
Inside the jacket still retains its original issue label which is bright and legible. This is uncommon to find with original denim items as they are usually washed out. The label states 'Overalls Denim Blouse, Size No.6' as well as the 1946 date and the War department broad arrow marking.
The jacket is in extremely good condition and appears to be un-issued. It shows no signs of previous wear or use and displays extremely well.
A very nice example which would be hard to better. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!