An original RAF Officers Service Dress suit in good condition which dates from the Second World War.
This uniform is the pattern used by all RAF Officers throughout the Second World War and was superseded shortly after the conflict by a three button version. This genuine wartime example features a full set of brass kings crown buttons and matching brass belt buckle.
This particular example has two rings of rank on each sleeve denoting the rank of Flight Lieutenant. They are clearly original to the tunic. There also appears to have been badges fitted to the collar previously, most likely medical branch insignia. As well as this there are medal ribbons fitted to the chest which include the France and Germany star which means the original owner served overseas.
The interior of the jacket is fully lined in a black coloured rayon material and features a First Field Dressing pocket to the skirt which is made from the same material. There are no labels or markings inside the tunic that I can find.
The trousers are again typical of the era being cut with a high rise to the waist and wide leg. The front of the trousers are pleated and slash pockets can be found in each side seam. Contrasting brown and butterscotch coloured buttons are fitted throughout, a popular choice during this period.
The jacket will suit around a 38" chest and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 21"
Waist - 18"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
Length - 30 1/2"
Waist - 17"
Inside leg - 32"
The condition of the suit is good and it displays very well. It has clearly been worn but overall the condition is very good with no serious flaws or signs of undue wear. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage suit which may have small issues commensurate with wear.
All in all a nice original RAF Officers SD which would suit both the collector and re-enactor equally well.
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