Original 1948 Dated British Airborne Denison Smock - Size 4
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About this item
An original WW2 British Airborne Denison smock which was made in 1948 by 'John Gordon' and is a size 4.
The smock is a second pattern example which is identical to WW2 manufacture. It features a screen printed camouflage pattern with a sand coloured background and reddish-brown and green brushstroke pattern. It features a button and tab detail at the cuff and the inside of the collar is lined with a khaki green coloured wool shirting material. All of the press studs are brass 'Newey' branded examples and not the later nickel type. The original brass half zip is still present and is again made by 'Newey'. There is evidence of where a parachute qualification wing has been fitted previously and the fishtail has been removed as was commonly done at the time.
Inside the smock the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Smock Denison Airborne Troops' below which is the size of 4. The maker's name of 'John Gordon & Co' is also present, as is the 1948 date and the War Department broad arrow.
The smock is designed to a 39" - 41" chest and when laid flat it measures -
Inside arm - 19"
Outside arm - 23 3/4"
Shoulders - 21 1/2"
Length at back - 33"
The smock is in good used condition but is not washed out with the camouflage colours still being strong and vibrant. It has plenty of signs of wear and use with that fantastic slightly oily, grubby feel to it which is often found with combat worn smocks. There are some period repairs, missing press studs and tarnishing to the brass parts. Overall it displays well but please take time to study the pictures as it is a vintage item which has some flaws commensurate with age.
A great looking original wartime pattern smock with a nice clear label.