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Original 1951 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 6
An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1951 and in a size No.6.
Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket.
The jacket features green coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a steel buckle which is held onto the jacket with green/brown plastic buttons.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'W. A. PHELPS (London) LTD'. The 1951 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and various details relating to sizes. The jacket is designed to fit a 38-40" chest and a 34-35" waist.
The War Department broad arrow acceptance stamp is also present and is surmounted but the letter 'C' which denotes 1951 as the year of issue.
The jacket is in very nice condition as can be seen in the pictures. It looks to be un-issued and never worn or washed with no major faults that I can find. Overall it is a very wearable jacket and displays very well.
A nice original example of a Denim Blouse in great, un-issued condition.