Original 1964 Dated 1960 Pattern Combat Smock - Size 8
An original 1964 dated 1960 pattern combat smock in a size 8 and in used condition.
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 marked 'AZF'.
Inside the jacket is a large poachers style pocket to the bottom which fastens with a single button which has been removed, as is often the case. The bottom drawstring is still present as is the original label. The label bears the title 'Smock, Combat 1960 Pattern' and the maker's name of 'J. Mandelberg & Co Ltd'. The 1964 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The size is stated as 8, which is designed to fit someone between the height of 5' 11" and 6' 2" with a chest size between 39" and 42".
When laid flat the jacket measures -
Chest - 24 1/2"
Inside arm -21"
Outside arm - 27"
Shoulders - 19 1/2"
Length - 32"
The smock is in worn condition with plenty of signs of wear and use. It is in wearable condition but has a number of flaws including a tear along the bottom seam, a hole to the right of the fly and a tear to the poachers pocket inside the smock. These issues have been reflected in the price but please study the pictures before purchasing as this is a vintage item.
A reasonably good original example in a hard to find larger size!
Mid 20th Century