An original British Army officers collar shirt made by 'Harrow School Stores' and named to J. A. W 'Jimmy' Dent'.
This shirt appears to be a civilian made example which the original owner may have had at school or college. It wasn't uncommon for soldiers, particularly officers, to wear civilian clothing items during the Second World War. The shirt is made from a light khaki coloured wool cotton mix which is soft to the touch. It features a large spearpoint collar which is typical of those made in the 1930s and 1940s. Also typical of the period is the half placket, three button design which was prevalent in the first half of the 20th Century. The shirt looks to have started life as a collarless shirt and has had the matching collar stitched on to save using collar studs. A typical period modification.
Inside the shirt the original label is still present and bears the maker's name of 'Harrow School Stores' as well as the name 'J. A. W. Dent'. John Arthur Willan Dent served with the 2nd Battalion Welsh Guards after being made Lieutenant in 1942. He fought in Northwest Europe in 1944 and 1945 and was commander of the first tank to enter Brussels in 1944.
The shirt is a medium size which suit around a 38-40" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 21"
Outside arm - 22 1/2"
Length at front - 30 1/2"
Length at back - 33 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 1/4"
Collar - 14 1/2"
The shirt is in good condition for its age with some signs of wear and use. Overall it displays very well but please study the pictures before purchasing.
A nice original Second World War officers shirt which would make a good addition to your collection!
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