A scarce original British made M-1943 'Coats, Mackinaw, Enlisted Men' dated 1944 and in excellent condition.
This pattern of coat was the third model of Mackinaw to be produced and is distinctly different to the earlier models as it has a notched collar and no waist belt. It was produced in the U.K from early 1943 and was replaced in 1945 with the M1943 combat jacket.
This example is a rare British made example which is made from a high quality Egyptian cotton twill rather than the lighter domestic cotton duck used for those produced in America. It is a notably deeper colour and the buttons are also different to the American made examples. Two large flapped pockets are located to the skirt and the wrists feature a button and tab detail.
The inside of the jacket is fully lined creating a double layer. The original British label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as 40and bears the maker's name of 'H Frieze & Son'. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is the 1944 date. There is also a purple coloured issue stamp which bears the date of March 1945.
The coat is designed to fit a 40" chest but will easily fit up to a 42" and even a 44". When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 24 1/2"
Inside arm - 18 1/4"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 19"
Length - 33"
The coat is in very good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. Overall it has a bright and fresh appearance and there are no serious flaws or damage. There is some light soiling around the collar which is illustrated in picture 6 although this does not overly detract from the condition. The condition really is very good but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have very small flaws commensurate with age.
A fantastic example of a rare British made coat. Not only that but it is a hard to find larger size!
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