Original 1944 Dated British Army Dispatch Rider's Coat - Size 6
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About this item
An original British Army Dispatch Riders Waterproof coat clearly dated 1944 and in a size No. 6.
This pattern of coat was introduced in 1942 and replaced the earlier short jacket and leggings used in the early part of the war. Made from a proofed cotton canvas designed to keep out the wind and rain, these coats saw widespread issue to motorcyclists throughout the rest of the Second World War.
The coat features a double breasted front and a waist belt that has two buckles. The first fastens the outer flap of the coat to the inner whilst the second is attached to the opposite end of the belt and takes the remaining length which has been passed through the first buckle. Buckles and straps can be found inside of the coat which allow the wearer to fasten a portion of the coat around each leg. More pop studs can be found at the cuff and brown painted brass eyelets are fitted under each arm which act as vents. A large angled map pocket is located on the chest and two more flapped pockets are located further down with leather reinforcements to the edges. They all fasten with 'Newey' press studs. A storm flap is located on the right shoulder and the collar features a tab and buckle to allow the wearer to fasten the coat tightly at the neck.
Inside the coat the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Coat Rubberproofed Motor Cyclists' below which is the size of 6. The maker's name of 'Albert Gill (T.V.) Ltd' is also present as is the 1944 date and the War Department broad arrow. There is a second paper label which is a cutters tag and is testament to the condition of the coat as these usually do not survive much wear. Stamps are still present including one which bears the maker's name and the manufacture year of 1944. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which confirms 1944 as the year of issue.
The coat is cut large as it is designed to be worn as an outer, waterproof layer over the top of a uniform. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 22"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 25"
Shoulders - 21"
Length - 48"
The coat is in very good condition and displays well. Both the waist buckles retain their original leather covering and all the metalwork is good with most pieces retaining their original paint finish. The rubberised material is good with no hard or cracking areas and only minor marks and staining is evident. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn vintage item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
Altogether a very good example of a Dispatch Riders coat with lots of great details.