Original British 1960 Pattern DPM Combat Smock - Size 6 + Hood
A scarce original British 1960 Pattern DPM Combat Smock in excellent condition and a larger size 6.
This pattern of combat jacket is the predecessor of the 1968 DPM combat jacket and is noticeably different to the latter pattern. It features a plethora of different details, most notable of which is the concentric stitched collar. Other details only found on this pattern include the pen pocket on the left breast pocket and the pleated lower pockets. The smock features a black painted brass zipper which is maker marked 'AZF' which is situated behind a button fly, reinforced elbow patches and a button cuff.
Inside the smock both the original labels are still present. The issue label is still bright and legible and bears the title 'Smock, Combat (1960 Pattern) and the size as 6. The maker's name of 'James Smith & Co. (Derby) is present as is the A/78 contract number. A second label can be found to the skirt and bears information which relates to washing and care.
The jacket is cut in a loose, smock-like cut which is designed to be worn over clothing and still allow for free movement. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 25"
Inside arm - 19"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 21"
Length - 32 1/2"
Also included with the smock is an original hood which appears to be in unused condition and has a fantastic sheen to it. The interior of the hood is lined in plain green sateen cotton to which the original label is still present. It bears the title 'Hood Cold Weather DPM' and the size is marked as 2. The A/78 contract number is again present.
The smock is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. Whilst it is not a new old stock, unworn example it is very clean indeed. The colours of the camouflage are still bright and not washed out or faded and there are no signs of undue wear or damage. There are a couple of small white marks and there is some staining from sweat around the inside of the collar (as shown in picture 7) but overall the jacket displays very well and would really be hard to better.
A really fine example of this rare pattern of combat smock which is in a good size and complete with hood!
Mid 20th Century