Rare Original 1930s Royal Engineers Service Dress Tunic
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About this item
An original British Army Service Dress tunic dating from the 1930s, 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 the '1918 pattern' although more commonly called the 1922 pattern. The jacket is typical of those produced in the 1930s with an un-lined collar and very fitted cut. The jacket belonged to a sapper of the Royal Engineers who changed all of the buttons for regimental pattern buttons and fitted 'RE' shoulder titles and regimental collar badges. He also stitched part of the collar down to make it sit more neatly which was a common modification at the time.
The tunic is a smaller size which will suit around a 36" - 38" chest depending on desired fit and is quite long so made for a taller person. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 20 1/2"
Inside arm - 20"
Outside arm - 27"
Shoulders - 17"
Length - 28 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 only limited signs of wear and use and it is a very clean example on the whole. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
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.