Rare Original 1942 Dated British Airborne Denison Smock - Size 3

Rare Original 1942 Dated British Airborne Denison Smock - Size 3

Code: 55865


A rare original 1942 Dated First Pattern British Denison Smock made by 'S. L. & M. Feathers Ltd' in a size No. 3. 

The denison smock is one of the most iconic garments of the Second World War due to its association with airborne forces, paratroopers, the SAS and many more. developed in the early part of WW2 after the formation of the first airborne units. This is an early example produced in 1942 and is often referred to as the 'first pattern' by collectors today. The camouflage pattern which was designed by Major Denison is screen printed directly onto the cloth and features a sand coloured background with a green and brown 'brushstroke' pattern over this. Four patch pockets are fitted to the front and fasten with brass 'Newey' branded press studs. The front fastens with a lightning branded zipper and epaulettes are located to each shoulder. Knitted cuffs are fitted to the end of each sleeve and are in fantastic condition. There are more press studs to the front which allows the tail to be secured between the wearer's legs. The tail has been removed from the rear which is a common period modification. 

The interior of the smock features two pockets to the chest which are made from the same material as the body of the smock. The original maker's label is present to the interior and bears the title 'Smocks, Denison (Airborne Troops)' along with the maker's name of 'S. L. & M. Feathers Ltd' which is a rare manufacturer to find. The size is marked as 3 below which is the 1942 date and the War Department broad arrow. 

These smocks are cut in a wide manner to allow for plenty of free movement when worn over the battledress uniform. The smock is designed to fit a 36" - 38" chest and when laid flat it measures - 

Chest - 29"
Inside arm - 22"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulder - 22 1/2"
Length at rear - 33"

The smock is in excellent condition overall with deep, strong colours and no signs of undue wear or over exposure to sunlight. On the whole it has a very fresh appearance and displays very well indeed. It does have a few small flaws which are illustrated in the pictures including a small area of loss of stitch to the collar lining (picture 6) and two small holes, one to each side, on the inside of the knitted cuff. 

All in all an excellent example of an early first pattern Denison Smock which would make a fantastic addition to any collection.