An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from 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. 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 features a full set of green coloured revolving shank buttons which are all held in place with the correct brass split rings. At the waist a buckle is fitted and is held in place with two stamped steel buttons meaning that this is almost certainly of WW2 manufacture. The jacket has also been fitted with a single lance corporal stripe to the right hand sleeve at some stage as can be seen by the shadow it has left.
Inside the jacket the original label is present but is washed out and no longer legible. When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 23 1/2"
Waist - 18 1/2"
Inside arm - 18 1/4"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 22"
The jacket is in good condition for its age with signs of washing and use. It has clearly been issued but is still very wearable and displays well. There is a small hole to the rear and the loop which holds the tail of the waist belt has been broken. These issues are detailed in the pictures and reflected in the price. This is of course a 77 year old pre owned piece of vintage workwear and therefore may have small issues commensurate with its age.
A good example of a British Army Denim battledress jacket which is almost certainly a wartime example.
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