An original Indian made leather jerkin as issued to the British Army and RAF in the Middle and Far East Theatres of wartime, dating from the Second World War.
This pattern of jerkin is similar to the standard British Used in both world wars but is unlined, features removable revolving shank buttons and has six buttons rather than the standard four on British made examples. The leather body of the jerkin is also noticeably different as it comes from a different animal. There is an illegible stamp inside the jerkin and no date stamps although I believe these were only produced during the war and have only seen early war dated examples before.
The jerkin comes complete with a full set of original period buttons with brass retain clips holding them on.
The jerkin is a small size which will fit a 34" - 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19 1/2"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
Length - 26"
The condition of the jerkin is very good as can be seen in the issues. Whilst it has some marks etc relating to age, it doesn’t show any real signs of wear and could well have never been issued.
All in all a nice original example of this rare pattern of jerkin. It would suit both the collector and re-enactor well.
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