A rare original British Army Khaki Drill Cellular Cotton shirt in un-issued condition.
These original wartime shirts are becoming hard to find today, let alone in un-issued, new old stock condition and with clear markings. This example even retains its original paper label which would have been removed before being worn!
This pattern or shirt was introduced at the beginning of the Second World War and was issued to all ranks of the British Army and also saw use with the RAF. It is made from cellular cotton which is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics. It features long sleeves, two pleated breast pockets, a stand and fall collar and removable epaulettes. Corozo buttons fasten the front, the cuffs and the breast pockets - all of which are in perfect order.
Inside the collar of the shirt the original paper label is still present and has space for the owner to add the name and serial number as well as the size of 2. The size appears to be over stamped possibly with a 1 as the shirt is a very small size.
When laid flat the shirt measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 21 1/2"
Outside arm - 23"
Length - 34"
Shoulders - 16"
The shirt is in stunning unworn condition as can be seen in the pictures. It may have small issues such as marks from storage but overall it displays extremely well.
This would be very hard to better and is a must have for the serious collector.
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