Original 1960s British Army 1960 Pattern Combat Smock - Size 7
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About this item
An original 1960 pattern combat smock in a size 7, dating from the 1960s.
This pattern of smock was introduced in the early 1960s and replaced the earlier Sateen combat smock. It is the for-runner to the famous 1968 pattern combat smock issued throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Notable features of this earlier smock is the flat green colour and the stitched collar.
The smock is made from a dark olive green coloured cotton sateen and features patch pockets to the chest and lower patch pockets which have an invert pleat to allow them to expand. Long sleeves end in a buttoning barrel cuff whilst the elbow features a double layer reinforcement. The left breast pocket features a stitched section to allow a pen to be held. The zipper is a metal example which is marked 'Flash' to the front and 'made in England' to the reverse.
Inside the jacket is a large poachers style pocket to the bottom which fastens with a single button (missing). Both the waist and bottom drawstrings are still present as is the original label. The label bears the title 'Smock, Combat (1960 Pattern)' and War Department broad arrow. The size is stated as 7 which is designed to fit someone between the height of 5' 11" and 6' 2" with a chest size between 36" and 38".
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 24 1/2"
Inside arm -21 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 1/2"
Shoulders - 18 1/2"
Length - 33"
The original owner has also marked his name in ink to the interior. He served with the HQ Squadron of the 28 signal regiment, quite likely in Germany.
The smock is in good condition with signs of wear and use. It has various marks and stains etc but overall is still very wearable with a good 'used' look to it. Please study the pictures before purchasing as this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original example with history.
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