Rare Original 1942 Dated Light Colour 'Smock, Drab' - Size 2

Rare Original 1942 Dated Light Colour 'Smock, Drab' - Size 2

Code: 55399

£950.00 Approx $1175.74, €1103.37
 

A scarce original early Second World War 'Smock, Drab in un-issued condition and clearly dated 1942. What is particularly rare about this eample is that it is from a Co-Operative Wholesale Company contract which was made in an extra light tan shade. 

This pattern of smock was introduced in 1942 and was based on the same pattern as the earlier Denim Windproof Smock. It is made from a lightweight, tan coloured gabardine material and features contrasting green stitched throughout. All of the buttons are chocolate brown coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) examples. A white white coloured drawstring is fitted around the mouth of the hood whilst another larger example can be found along the bottom seam. 

Inside the smock the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the simple title of 'Smock' and states the size as 2. The manufacturer's name of 'C.W.S Ltd' is also present and denotes the Co-operative Wholesale Society as the maker. There is also a War Department broad arrow marking and space for a date to be added by hand. As well as the label there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' confirming the year of manufacture as 1942. There is also a paper cutter tag to the interior which indicates that the smock has seen little to no use.

The smock is designed to fit a 38" - 40" chest and when laid flat it measures -

Chest - 27"
Inside arm - 19 3/4"
Outside arm - 20"
Shoulders - 35"
Length at rear - 28 1/2"

The smock is in stunning condition and does not appear to have been worn or issued. It displays extremely well with no signs of serious wear or use and just a few light marks from storage.

This is a truly fantastic example of a rare early war smock which is very sought after today.