An original RAF Officers Service Dress suit in good condition made by 'Clement H. Sunderland Ltd'.
This uniform is the pattern used by all RAF Officers throughout the Second World War and was superseded shortly after the conflict by a three button version. Like all wartime examples, the jacket features a full set of brass kings crown buttons and matching brass belt buckle. Two rings of rank braid are fitted to each cuff denoting the rank of Flight Lieutenant. One is brighter than the other so clearly added later when the original owner was promoted.
The interior of the suit is lined with a grey-silver coloured rayon material and there is a hanging loop at the neck. There are two interior pockets with the larger of the two housing the tailors label. It bears the maker's name of 'Clement H. Sunderland Ltd Military Tailors Liverpool and Aldershot'. There is a space below this to add the owners name and date of manufacture although this does not appear to have ever been filled in.
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 feature twin pleats and slash pockets can be found in each side seam. The fly features contrasting butterscotch coloured buttons which are typical of those found on RAF officer's service dress during this period. 9
The jacket will suit around a 36" chest and when laid flat it measures -
Chest - 20"
Waist - 17"
Inside arm - 17 3/4"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 17"
Length - 30"
Waist - 17"
Inside leg - 30"
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. There is a small hole to the right elbow and some signs of use around the collar as illustrated in the pictures. 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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