A rare original British Army 'Smock, Windproof Camouflage' in a size No. 4.
This pattern of smock was introduced in 1943 and saw widespread issue during 1944 and 1945 with a variety of units. Based on the same design as the earlier denim, drab and snow smocks; these camouflaged examples also proved popular in the post-war period and were used by French forces amongst others.
The smock is made from a lightweight gabardine which has the camouflaged pattern screen printed onto it. It features four patch pockets at the front which all fasten with brown coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) buttons which would suggest that it was made in 1943 and not later. There is a hood which fastens with a drawstring and a larger drawstring is fitted to the bottom hem. The sleeves feature reinforcing patches made from the same material as the rest of the smock to the elbows, and there are adjustable tabs and buttons located to each cuff.
Inside the smock the original label is still present and bears the title of 'Smock, Windproof ' and the size is marked as No. 4. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is the maker's name of 'C.W.S Ltd' which denotes the Co-Operative Workers Society - better known today as the Co-op.
The smock is in good condition overall and displays very well. It is still very wearable with a very small hole to the front at the hood and some staining, mainly the sleeves. Overall the smock is and extremely good example which is in very good condition but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
An iconic piece of camouflage uniform and a must have item for the serious collector!
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