A scarce original Auxiliary Territorial Service Working Dress Blouse in very good condition.
This pattern of blouse was worn throughout the war underneath the battledress uniform as well as in tropical climates. It is made from cellular cotton, or 'Aertex' as it is often referred to, and features green rubber buttons which are in excellent, pliable condition. The shirt has a three button opening and long sleeves which fasten with the same rubber buttons as the front. A patch pocket is located to the chest.
Inside the shirt the original owner's name is present and reads 'W/163379 Norris M E' which may be traceable. The makers initials are also stamped to the neck band which read 'S. B.'. The size of 3 is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the shirt measures -
Chest - 17 3/4"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 20 1/4"
Length - 26 1/2"
Collar - 13 1/2"
Shoulders - 14 1/4"
The shirt is in good condition and doesn't show any signs of undue wear or use. There is a stain to the rear but overall it displays very well and is still very wearable. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn, vintage shirt.
A rare original women's military shirt in good condition which would be ideal for a collector or could suit a re-enactor.