Original 1945 Dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse - RA
An original WW2 1944 dated British Army 1940 (Austerity) Pattern Battledress Blouse badged to a Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Artillery serving as part of the Orkney & Shetland Defence division.
This pattern of jacket was introduced in 1942 as an austerity pattern, replacing the earlier 1940 pattern which had a fly front and flapped pockets. This utility pattern has exposed buttons to the front and pockets which saved on time and materials. It also features exposed buttons to the cuff and only the one interior pocket.
The sleeves feature embroidered Royal Artillery shoulder titles, Orkney & Shetland Divisional formation flashes and Royal Artillery arm of service stripes. Great War medal ribbons are sewn onto the chest whilst a wound stripe is fitted to the left sleeve. A printed long service badge is fitted to the right sleeve and features three chevrons, denoting three years service. The epaulettes feature khaki pips which have been backed with scarlet as was often done during the war rather than wearing the fully coloured versions introduced after the fall of France.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the size as No.9 and the manufacturer as 'Black & Co. (Clothiers)' of Glasgow. The War Department broad arrow marking is present as is the date which appears to be 1945 although it is hard to read. There is also a purple issue stamp which again appears to state the year of 1945 and the month of May.
The jacket is in good condition and overall displays very well. There is a hole to the left sleeve and various signs of wear and use. Overall it displays well.
A nice original wartime pattern jacket with some interesting insignia.