Original 1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic Austerity Pattern
An original 1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic, often referred to as '1922 Pattern' by collectors.
This particular tunic is the wartime austerity pattern which features plain patch pockets on the chest rather than the pre and post war patterns which have pleats. Aside from this detail the tunic is more-or-less unchanged from the earlier pattern.
The tunic features a full set of brass Kings crown brass buttons and brass belt hangers in the waist. The linings the standard khaki drill type used in these tunics during WW2.
Inside the tunic still retains its original label which is somewhat washed out but some details are still legible including the makers name 'L. Silberstein'. As well as the label the War Department broad arrow marking is present and surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture.
The jacket is a smaller size and will fit around a 36-38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19 3/4"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Length - 31"
Shoulders - 16 1/4"
The overall condition of the jacket is very good with next to no signs of wear or use. It displays very well and generally speaking appears to be very fresh still. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description.
All in all a very nice war dated example of the economy pattern tunic. This would me a good addition to any collection.
Mid 20th Century