Original 1966 Dated British Army 1960 Pattern Combat Smock by Belstaff
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About this item
An original 1966 dated 1960 pattern combat smock made by Belstaff and in a size 2.
This pattern of smock was introduced in the early 1960s and replaced the earlier Sateen combat smock. It is the for-runner to the ubiquitous 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 pockets which have an inverted 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 bottom drawstring is still present whilst the waist drawstring has been removed. The front of the jacket fastens with an unbranded brass zipper. There is a tooth missing is illustrated in picture 5 but the zip still functions as it should.
Inside the jacket the features a poachers pocket which fastens with a single grey coloured plastic button. There is also a drawstring at the waist and another to the bottom hem. Two original labels are present including the manufacturer's label which bears the title 'Smock Combat 1960 Pattern' and the size of 2. The maker's initials of 'B.M.C' are also present which denote the maker as Belstaff. The 1966 date and the War Department broad arrow marking are found below this.
The jacket is designed to fit a 37" - 39" chest well and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 22"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 22"
Shoulders - 19"
Length - 27"
The smock is in good condition with plenty of signs of wear and use but is still very wearable. Overall it displays well and there are no serious flaws. There is fading, staining and wear so please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn jacket.
A nice original 1960 pattern combat jacket with a nice clear label!
Mid 20th Century