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Original Early WW2 British Army Collarless Shirt by 'L. B. & S.'

An original early Second World War British Army Ordinary Ranks collarless shirt by 'L. B. & S.' in good condition.

This rare early shirt belonged to sgnm J.H Wells who served with the Royal Corps of Signals during the Second World War. He was discharged from the army on the 14th of May 1944 meaning that all his surviving items were used or worn by him prior to this date.

The shirt itself is typical of those issued during the Second World War. It came into issue in the interwar period replacing. The earlier ‘grey back’ shirt used in the Great War. Made from a khaki green wool shirting material, it features a half button, or tunic, front which fastens with three buttons. The collar is made of khaki drill whilst the buttons are the white metal type used in the early stages of the Second World War and the same as those used in shirts in the first war.

Inside the collar the original ink stamps have survived. These are often missing from shirts offered on the market today as they have worn off or been washed out. The collar is marked ‘L. B. & S’ who were the manufacturer. A war department broad arrow stamp is also present alongside a couple of other unidentified stamps. There are also two small laundry labels tacked to the collar.

When laid flat the shirt measures at 20 1/2” pit to pit meaning it should be a good fit for a 36-38” chest. The collar measures at 15 1/2” when fastened and the inside sleeve is 21 1/2”.

The condition of the shirt is very good as can be seen in the pictures.

This is a very rare early war shirt with wartime provenance. It would be ideal for someone interested in the British Expeditionary Force as much as Normandy. Undoubtedly this would make an excellent addition to any WW2 collection.

Code: 50892Price:


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Original WW2 Printed Economy Warden Shoulder Titles

An original and in-cut matched pair of Second World War printed economy Civil Defence ‘Warden’ Shoulder Titles.

Shortened from the earlier ‘Air Raid Warden’ or ‘ARP’ when amalgamated into the Civil Defence.

These titles were were on the Battledress Blouse at the top of each sleeve. Wartime economy examples such as this were a common sight during in the war making these ideal for the collector and reenactor alike.

The condition of the badges is very good as can be seen in the pictures. They haven’t been issued and have not been cut into separate badges making them a nice collectible item.

Hard to better!

Free UK P+P

Code: 50893Price: 24.00 GBP


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Original 1943 Dated Warrant Officers Khaki Drill Tunic

An original 'Frocks, Khaki Drill, Warrant Officers' dated February 1943 and in a rare large size.

This pattern of tunic at first glance looks to be a British Officers pattern, and is in fact almost identical. It features pleated breast pockets, lower bellows pockets, removable epaulettes and a full set of brass kings crown Royal Artillery buttons.

Inside jacket the original label is still present and in fine condition. It is still clear and bright and states the size as No.15 which will fit somebody who is around 6' tall with a 41-42" chest and up to a 37" waist.

The condition of the tunic is extremely good and it appears to have seen little, if any, wear. The cuff appears to have been let out at some point as shown in the pictures but aside from this the tunic displays very well.

Altogether a rare pattern of tunic with a clear wartime date and in a large hard to find size. This would be ideal for a collector or a re-enactor who wants original WW2 dated items.

Code: 50883Price: 100.00 GBP


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Original WW2 US Navy OD Green Poplin Field Shirt

A stunning unissued example of the United States Navy green poplin utility shirt in fantastic un-issued condition.

This pattern of shirt was introduced during the Second World War as a replacement for the blue chambray shirt. It saw issue in various theatres during the conflict and was also used in Korea and Vietnam subsequently.

This shirt closely follows the pattern of the blue chambray shirts issued during WW2. It has the same open top buttoning chest pockets and full button front. As well as this it features a spearpoint collar which is typical to find on shirts made during the 1940s.

Inside the collar the original stamps are still present. They are clear and legible and have not been worn away with wear as the shirt has clearly never been used. The navy contract is present as is the size which is stated as 16.

When laid flat the shirt measures -

Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 21 1/2"
length - 33 1/2"

The shirt is in excellent unworn condition, as previously mentioned. All the buttons are present as is the USN stamp to the left chest pocket.

All in all a fantastic shirt which would be very hard to better!

Code: 50886Price: 125.00 GBP


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Original 1965 Dated USMC M65 Field jacket

An original United States Marine Corps issue M65 field jacket dating from the Vietnam War.

Officially designated 'Coat, Man's, Field With Hood, Nylon Cotton Sateen, OG 107' - this has to be one of the most iconic military jackets of all time. Seen in countless films such as Taxi Driver, Terminator, True Romance and First Blood just to name a few; it has become the most classic of all military jackets and is instantly recognisable.

This example is a genuine US Military issue jacket and not a later civillian copy. This is obvious from the original label which is still present and bares the DSA number, which appears to show 1965 as the year of manufacture. It also states the size as 'Medium Short' with a chest of 37-41" and height up to 67".

When laid flat the jacket measures -

Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Length - 31 1/2"

The jacket features the correct period 'Scovill' to the front which functions well. The collar also features a smaller 'Scovill' zipper which opens and closes the hood pocket.

The front left breast pocket bares the USMC marking making this particular jacket more interesting than your average run-of-the-mill example.

The jacket is in good condition for its age and still has plenty of wear left in it. There are some marks etc which can be seen in the photographs. Please remember that this is a vintage item and will have wear etc consummate with its age.

All in all a nice, original and authentic Vietnam era combat jacket with USMC history.

Code: 50888Price: 70.00 GBP


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Original 1965 Dated US Navy Blue Utility Cap - Sie 7 1/4

An original 1960s US Navy blue cotton utility cap dated 1965 in a good wearable size 7 1/4.

This pattern of hat came into issue during the 1950s and saw action in Korea and Vietnam. They are rare to find today and this authentic example was issued to a sailor named 'Buckingham' around the time of the Vietnam War.

Made from a navy blue cotton fabric which is still a nice deep colour. The hat does not appear to have been worn much, if at all and doesn't show signs of sun bleaching or fading from washing.

Inside the cap all the original markings appear to be present and are still clearly legible. The size is marked at 7 1/4 and the DSA contract number has 65 in it which relates to the year of manufacture - 1965. The original owner has also marked his name into the headband which reads 'Buckingham'.

Altogether a nice, hard to find original cap in a good wearable size.

Code: 50889Price: 80.00 GBP


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Original 1950s French Army Crew Nack Green Wool Jumper

An original French Army khaki wool jumper dating from the 1950s.

This pattern of jumper closely follows the pattern used by the French Army during the Second World War. It is cut short in the body to suit being worn with high waisted trousers. This makes it ideal for someone who wears this style or a re-enactor interested in WW2.

The jumper still has its original label which reads 'Malet 5'. The number 5 most likely refers to the size.

When laid flat the jumper measures 16 1/2" pit to pit, 17" across the shoulders, 17 1/2" along the inside arm and is 21 1/2" from collar to hem. As it is made from wool and will stretch easily I would suggest a fit of a 34" chest.

The condition of the jumper is very good indeed. It does not look to have ever been worn.

Altogether a nice mid-century crew neck jumper.An original French Army khaki wool jumper dating from the 1950s.

This pattern of jumper closely follows the pattern used by the French Army during the Second World War. It is cut short in the body to suit being worn with high waisted trousers. This makes it ideal for someone who wears this style or a re-enactor interested in WW2.

The jumper still has its original label which reads 'Malet 5'. The number 5 most likely refers to the size.

When laid flat the jumper measures 16 1/2" pit to pit, 17" across the shoulders, 17 1/2" along the inside arm and is 21 1/2" from collar to hem. As it is made from wool and will stretch easily I would suggest a fit of a 34" chest.

The condition of the jumper is very good indeed. It does not look to have ever been worn.

Altogether a nice mid-century crew neck jumper.

Code: 50890Price: 42.00 GBP


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Original WW2 US Navy Waterproof Bib & Brace Trousers

An original pair of WW2 issue US Navy waterproof bib & braces traders, sometimes referred to as waders.

Made from a green waterproof material, these trousers feature the USN marking to the front, button fly, buttoning pocket to the thigh and waist adjusters. Inside the original label is still present which bares the contract number NXSX 38526 and states the size as medium.

Behind the fly is a period brass talon zipper which shows some signs of corrosion but should clean up well.

The overall condition of the item is good but they do show signs of wear and age. Please study the photographs thoroughly.

All in all a nice WW2 period item.

Code: 50887Price: 40.00 GBP


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Original 1936 Dated 1918 Pattern British Army Service Dress Tunic

An original 1936 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 1936 according to the letter code of 'U' which is stamped above the War Department broad arrow stamp. 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 has the original owner number stamped on it which has been applied in a typical pre-war font. As well as this the name has been added 'L / Cpl Kelly' and the numerals '10' which most likely denote the size.

The collar has been tacked down for smartness which is a typical thing to see in period pictures from both the Great War and the inter-war period. The sleeves also bares a shadow where Sgt stripes were clearly worn for many years. Perhaps L / Cpl Kelly rose through the ranks?

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. Importantly, the epaulettes haven't been holed and neither has the collar. Usually this pattern of tunic shows signs of having had various badges fitted, however, this one has survived extremely well.

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.

Code: 50878Price: 185.00 GBP


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Original RAF Officers Shirt

An original Royal Air Force or Police Officers shirt dating from around the 1950s.

This style of shirt was used by both the RAF and the Police during the Second World War and through into the 1960s. This is a full buttoning front example so most likely dates from the post-war years although some shirts of this style did see use during the conflict.

The shirt features two chest flapped chest pockets with RAF style scalloped pocket flaps. The shirt also features epaulettes and a neckband collar which has a hole front and rear used to attach a collar.

The shirt is a good large size measuring at 23" across the chest, 18" across the shoulders and 20 1/2" along the inside arm. The collar is stamped 15 which indicates the size.

The shirt is in reasonable condition for its age but does have a variety of marks on it which I have tried to show in the pictures. There is also some fraying around the collar but nothing to serious. Please study the pictures and bare in mind that this is a vintage pre-worn item.

Altogether a nice original shirt which would be ideal for a re-enactor or mannequin.

Code: 50879Price: 60.00 GBP

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