A very rare original pair of British Army Ordinary Ranks long Puttees made in 1942.
This pattern came into use in the early pattern of the 20th Century as part of the 1902 pattern uniform. They saw service throughout the Great War and into the inter-war period along with limited use at the beginning of the Second World War. This pair are a very late production example being dated 1942 which makes them a real rarity.
Made from a coarse khaki wool fabric, these are unmistakably OR issue. Officers examples are made from a much finer material and are often different shades to the standard shade of this pair. The inside of the puttees bears a white ink stamp which includes the maker's initials, War Department broad arrow marking and 1942 date. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which confirms the year of issue as 1942.
The condition of the puttees is good considering their age and they display well. There is a small moth nip to the serge on one of the puttes and there is some damage to the cotton tape. They are a vintage item so may have some small flaws commensurate with age.
Altogether a good original pair of OR puttees which are clearly dated. A very hard to find item!
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