A rare original example of an early Second World War brown Denim Battledress Blouse in good condition.
This pattern of jacket was produced following the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940 in a different material to the standard pattern. 20,000 sets of denims were abandoned by the British Army during the withdrawal which led to a large shortfall in the supply of denims and led to this pattern being produced as a stop-gap. The material is still denim but is notably different to the standard pattern featuring a different weave and being brown in coloured instead of green.
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 denim blouse closely followed the design of the wool Battledress introduced in 1938 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. It was superseded by the austerity pattern in 1942 and the most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets.
The jacket features the correct early wire waist buckle which is held on with two stamped zinc buttons as are often found on early manufactured items. As well as this the jacket is fitted with butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held in place with metal split rings.
The jacket is in good condition with signs of wear or use. It displays very well and is still completely wearable but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn, vintage work jacket which may have small issues commensurate with age. There is some wear to the rear as pictured.
All in all a good example of this early war pattern of blouse which would make a nice addition to any WW2 collection.
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