An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from the 1940s or 1950s.
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 jacket is made from the standard sanforized cotton denim material and features pockets to the chest. It is fitted with brown coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. Thie waist buckle is the wire slider type as also seen on early pattern battledress.
Inside the jacket the original label is no longer present which means it is not possible to date the jacket exactly. This pattern was made from 1942 and well into the 1950s so it will date from somewhere in this time frame.
The jacket will suit around a 40" chest and when laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 23"
Waist - 18" (Adjustable)
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 22"
Shoulders - 18"
Length - 21"
The jacket is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has signs of wear and use and has clearly been laundered. There is some staining but overall it is a very wearable jacket but is a vintage pre-worn item so may have small issues consummate with its age.
A good original Denim Blouse in good wearable condition.