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.
Whilst the jacket is a post-war dated example it is identical to the wartime pattern. It features revolving shank buttons which are attached with brass split rings and a chromium plated 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 the size as No.10 which is one of the largest sizes of denim battledress made and will fit up to a 43" chest. The label also bares the 1954 date as well as the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 24 1/4"
Waist - 20"
Inside arm - 19 1/4"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulders - 18"
The jacket is in extremely good condition. It has clearly never been issued or worn and looks as it would have done when out of he factory. It displays very well and would certainly be hard to better.
All in all a very nice original Denim Battledress Blouse in a hard to find large size.