A rare original Australian made Sidcot flying suit clearly dated 1942 and in unissued condition.
The Sidcot suit was invented during the Great War by Sidney Cotton, hence its name. It was introduced into service and proved to be a well liked piece of flying clothing which stayed in use during the inter war and wartime years in one form or another. The 1930 pattern was introduced in the inter-war years with the 1940 and 1941 patterns following on in the Second World War, featuring a variety of changes from the original pattern. This lightweight Australian version however is still very true to the original pattern.
Whilst it is made from a khaki coloured cotton drill (the same as used on khaki drill uniforms) and does not feature a lining, the suit resembles the original pattern in almost every way. It features a maternity front which fastens with large buttons with the same buttons being used to fasten the cuff at both the wrist and ankle. A map pocket is located on the chest with two more open top pockets being located to each thigh. The collar shape is also the same as is the throat latch design which again appears to be a direct copy from the original design, the only difference being that the straps secure with Australian style buckles - again the same as those found on other KD items such as shorts.
Inside the suit the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It is the standard, plain, sans-serif style label usually encountered on Australian items of this period and states the size as 2 and the date as 1942. There are no size measurements but these can be supplied on request.
The suit is in excellent condition and appear to have never been issued or worn. There are a few marks but overall it displays extremely well and would arguably be hard to better.
A rare original suit with some fantastic details. The condition is excellent and it would make a fine addition to any aviation collection without a shadow of a doubt.
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