Original 1944 Dated British Army Camouflaged Windproof Smock
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About this item
A rare original British Army 'Smock, Windproof Camouflage' dated 1944 and in a size No. 1.
This pattern of smock was introduced in 1943 and saw widespread issue during 1944 and 1945 with a variety of units. Based on the same design as the earlier denim, drab and snow smocks; these camouflaged examples also proved popular in the post-war period and were used by French forces amongst others.
The smock is made from a lightweight gabardine which has the camouflaged pattern screen printed onto it. It features four patch pockets at the front which all fasten with green coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) buttons. There is a hood which fastens with a drawstring and a larger drawstring is fitted to the bottom hem. The sleeves feature reinforcing patches made from the same material as the rest of the smock and there are adjustable tabs and buttons located to each cuff.
Inside the smock the original label is still present and bears the size of No.7. The maker's name 'Prices Tailors Ltd Proprietors of The Fifty Shilling Tailors' is present below which is the 1944 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. Adjacent to this is the War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' and denotes 1944 as the year of issue.
The smock is designed to fit a 39" - 41" chest and up to 6' 2" although it has been shortened slightly in the body. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 28 1/2"
Inside arm - 21"
Outside arm - 21"
Shoulders - 26"
Length at back - 26 1/2"
The smock is in good condition overall and displays very well. It is still very wearable but does show signs of previous use with a great patina to it. There is one very small hole which is illustrated in the pictures and overall it is a very sound wearable example which displays well. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
An iconic piece of camouflage uniform and a must have for the serious collector!