Original 1935 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic
An original 1935 dated British Army Service Dress tunic, often referred to by collectors as the 1922 pattern jacket.
This pattern of tunic is the 5th modification of the 1902/07 pattern tunic which came into service with the British Army during 1918. It is now often referred to as 1918 pattern although more commonly called the 1922 pattern.
This particular tunic dates from 1935 as the War Department acceptance stamp is surmounted with the letter 'V' which denotes this as the year of manufacture. The jacket is typical of those produced in the 1930s with an un-lined collar and very fitted cut. As well as the WD stamp the jacket retains its original label which bears the title 'Jacket, Service Dress' as well as the maker's name of L. Silberston & Sons. There is also an issue stamp with the date of August 1935 which ties in with the acceptance stamp.
The tunic is a smaller size which will suit around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19 1/2"
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 25"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
Length - 27 1/2"
The overall condition of the tunic is good and it displays well. The serge has the 'wiry' feel which is typical of pre-war and early war British Serge items. There are a couple of holes to the left sleeve as shown in the pictures and general wear which is consummate with its age. There are holes where badges to the epaulettes although there does not appear to be any at the collar. All the original brass King's crown general service buttons are present and there is a hanging loop to the collar which is an non-standard feature and most likely a personal addition.
A very nice tunic from the pre-war tunic which would make an excellent addition to any British collection and would particularly suit someone interested in the BEF during the Phoney War and Battle for France.
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