An original British Army Denim Battledress Jacket dated 1954 and in good condition.
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.
The original label is no longer present inside the jacket meaning it is impossible to date accurately. This pattern ran from approximately 1942 until the late 1950s and will therefore date from this period.
The jacket features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a wartime period steel buckle.
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 23"
Waist - 17"
Inside arm - 16 3/4"
Outside arm - 22 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
The jacket is in very nice condition with no real signs of wear or use. It displays very well and has plenty of wear and life left in it.