An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from the early part of the Second World War.
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, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons.
This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets.
The jacket is fitted with the correct early type wire waist buckle which is held in place with two stamped brass buttons. As well as this it is fitted with the correct flat pattern revolving shank buttons which are all held onto the jacket with brass split rings. Also of note is the selvedge which can be seen along the rear seam inside the jacket.
The jacket is a smaller size and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 21"
Waist - 16 1/2"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 24"
Shoulders - 17"
Length - 22"
The jacket is in well worn condition and has incredible fade to it which is almost certainly a mixture of washing and sun bleaching. It has given the jacket a fantastic and consistent worn look which is only achieved from genuine wear and use. There are a number of stains including some rust marks to the front of the jacket as well as a few small period darns and repairs. There is also some fraying around the cuffs but overall the jacket displays well and is still very wearable.
A fantastic looking first pattern example dating from the first two years of the war.