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Original 1946 Dated RASC Warrant Officers Battledress Blouse and A.B. 64 Paybook

A fantastic original uniform grouping to a Royal Army Service Corps Warrant Officer who served as part of Persia and Iraq Command during the Second World War.

These items belonged to Arthur John Morgan S/217183. Born in Southwark in 1911, Morgan joined the British Army in August 1940 before being shipped overseas in January 1941. He served in the Middle East for the entirety of the war as can be seen from the 'Python Date' marked in his A.B. 64. Python was the code name used for giving leave to those who had been serving overseas for 4 or more years without home leave. Morgan served as part of Persia and Iraq command, or PAIFORCE as it was know. This word appears a number of times in his pay book and ties in directly with the insignia on the blouse.

The jacket itself is a typical 1940 Pattern (Austerity) example which was made in 1946 by 'Milford Clothing Co. Ltd' of Belfast. It retains its original insignia including economy printed R.A.S.C shoulder titles, a printed Persia and India Command formation flash and yellow and blue RASC arm of service stripes. These have been fitted in a tight, high-up style as was popular during this period. Brass warrant officer badges are fitted towards the bottom of each sleeve and ideal ribbons are found above the left breast pocket and include the 39-45 Star, Africa Star and the Defence Medal.

Inside the blouse the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as No. 3 whilst the date is marked as 1946. The War Department broad arrowing marking is also present to the bottom of the label. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter L.

The jacket is in nice condition and displays very well. It was clearly issued to Morgan around the time of his leave and was clearly a 'best' jacket which only saw limited wear and use. It does however have a few small moth nips to the rear although these are only really noticeable on close inspection and a hole to the rear of the left sleeve around the elbow.

The pay book is a very worn example, as original used ones tend to be. It is also a replacement as the original was lost in 1942. It features a plethora of interesting information relating to Morgan's career and definitely could be used for further research.

A unique and very original battledress grouping to a rare formation, undoubtedly missing from many collections. Whilst now perhaps a rather forgotten part of the Second World War, it is certainly a fascinating one which has had far reaching consequences to this day.

Code: 51441Price: 295.00 GBP


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Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse

An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from the early part of the Second World War.

Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons.

This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets.

The jacket is fitted with early war pattern wire waist buckle which is held onto the jacket with two stamped brass buttons, as usually found on early British made items. Butterscotch revolving shank buttons are fitted throughout and all held in place with the correct style of split rings.

Inside the jacket the original label is still present but sadly has been washed out beyond legibility. None-the-less this pattern was only made up until 1942 so the date isn't to important. There are also a couple of names written to the interior including 'S. Baxter'.

When laid flat the jacket measures -

Chest - 21 1/2"
Waist - 17"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 23 1/2"
Length - 23"

The overall condition of the jacket is good and it displays well. The collar has worn through however around the back of the neck as is clearly evident in the pictures. One of the hooks that fastens the neck is also missing but it can still be fastened with the one remaining hook. There is also wear to the rest of the collar and the interior of the waistband. This damage has been taken into account with the price.

Whilst not the finest example of a first pattern denim blouse, this jacket still displays well and has plenty of character!

Code: 51442Price: 100.00 GBP


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Original 1946 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers

A good original pair of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers issued in 1946 and identical to wartime pattern.

This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers.

The original label is sadly no longer present inside the trousers although the War Department acceptance stamp is. It is surmounted by the letter 'E' which denotes 1946 as the year of issue. There is a possibility that the trousers were made earlier than this although usually the acceptance stamp matches the year of manufacture.

The trousers will suit someone of around a 30" waist and when laid flat measure -

Waist - 15 3/4"
Inside leg - 29"

The trousers are in good condition and are still very wearable. There is a stain to the bottom of the right leg and a couple of very small holes which are only noticeable on close inspection. One fly button is missing and the bottom-most button is broken but these are easily replaced.

All in all a good pair of RAF OA trousers dating from just after the Second World War. They would fill a gap in a collection or could be use for re-enactment.

Code: 51444Price: 75.00 GBP


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Original 1941 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Trousers

A nice pair of original early war dated Indian made Khaki Drill trousers in good condition.

These trousers are typical of those issued to men serving in the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy any other units during the Second World War. Indian made clothing such as this saw widespread issue in both the Middle East and Far East as the supply lines were shorter than shipping from other parts of the world.

Made from a khaki coloured cotton drill these trousers feature plain steel buttons and crude stitching which are both hallmarks of Indian made buttons. The buttons are more often than not poorly stitched on meaning surviving examples today often feature mismatched buttons. These trousers are no exception featuring two early war two-piece brass examples to the fly.

Inside the trousers are a couple of stamps including a date stamp inside the waist band which reads '1941'. The usual circular stamp found on India made issue items is also present to the reverse of the pocket flap and although hard to read appears to read December 1941.

The trousers are an extra small size and when laid flat measure -

Waist - 14"
Rise - 14"
Rear rise - 15"
Inside leg - 25"
Cuff - 9"

The trousers are in good wearable condition with no signs of excessive use but do have various stains etc as is usual with KD items. The right leg has an area of discolouration, most likely from where they have been folded in storage. Please study the pictures to satisfy yourself of condition.

Altogether a nice original pair of Khaki Drill trousers with a good early war date.

Code: 51443Price: 140.00 GBP


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Original 1942 Dated Civil Defence A.R.P 68A Beret and Cap Badge

An original 1942 Dated Civil Defence A.R.P. 68A Beret fitted with a silver hallmarked ARP Lapel Badge.

This pattern of beret was introduced into service in July 1941 as an alternative to the steel helmet. It was worn throughout the rest of the war by both men and women and is in evidence in many period photographs.

The beret is made from black serge wool and features a back cotton lining. To this and printed in yellow is the manufacturers name of 'A & J Gelfer', the 1942 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The designation of A.R.P 68 is present as is the size, which in this instance is 7. Below this is a separate stamp, again in yellow, which is the War Department acceptance stamp which is usually surmounted with a letter.

The beret is fitted with a silver hallmarked lapel badge to the front. The fitting of such badges was common practice during the war and this appears to be a period addition with the rear horse shoe being carefully stitched into the hat to secure it.

The beret is in very nice condition with no serious signs of wear or use. The wool exterior displays well with no signs of moth damage or similar whilst the interior is clean and the markings good and bright.

This would be very hard to better. Not only is it clearly marked and nicely dated, it also features a hallmarked badge which appears to be original. A must have for the serious Home Front collector!

Code: 51440Price: 110.00 GBP


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Original British Army Denim Battledress Trousers

An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dating from approximately the 1940s and in a size No. 6.

This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men’s clothes during this period.

This particular pair still retain their original manufactures label to the interior which has sadly had a repair through the middle of the date! The style of label and the internal positioning of it leads me to believe that these are 1940s rather than 1950s. It states the size as No. 6 which is designed to fit someone with a 34-35” waist and 31” inside leg. It is important to remember that these are designed to fit over the wool battledress trousers so need to be worn oversize for an authentic fit. When laid flat they measure -

Waist - 18”
Rise - 16”
Rear rise - 18 1/2”
Inside leg - 28”
Cuff - 9 1/2”

The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use. There is some staining, mainly to the front of the legs and there is a repair to the front of the waistband as shown in the picture. Overall they are in good conditon for a pair of 1940s work trousers but please bear in mind that they may have small issues consummate with their age.

A nice original pair of trousers in a good size.

Code: 51439Price: 150.00 GBP


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Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 5

An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse made by Raencrest Ltd in 1954 and in a size No. 5.

Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket.

The jacket features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period brass split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a chromium plated buckle which is held onto the jacket with green plastic buttons.

Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'RAENCREST LTD'. The size is marked as 5 which is designed to fit a 35-37" chest and a 31-33" waist. The 1954 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.

As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1954 as the year of issue.

The jacket is in good wearable condition and displays well. It only shows limited signs of wear and use but may have small issues consummate with age.

Altogether a good example of a Denim Battledress Blouse!

Code: 51433Price: 75.00 GBP


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Original WW2 Royal Artillery Officers Coloured Field Service Cap

An original Royal Artillery Officers Coloured Field Service Cap dating from the Second World War.

This cap came with a set of officers belongings all named to Frank R. A. Smith. Smith joined the Royal Artillery just before the outbreak of the Second World War and served for some years including in the tropics. All the items which came from this estate pre date the end of the war so it is unclear if he survived. What is certain is that all his belongs have been left untouched since approximately 1945 before being discovered earlier this year.

The construction of the cap is typical of wartime examples featuring a scarlet red crown with navy blue lower section with gold piping. The front of the hat features two brass kings crown Royal Artillery buttons. What is particularly nice about the cap is the use of an oversized bullion embroidered cap badge which really sets it aside from other I have seen in the past.

The interior of the cap is lined with a golden coloured rayon with a suede headband fitted to the bottom edge, as is commonly found with officer quality caps.

The cap is a fairly good size and when laid flat measures 11" along the inside edge of the opening.

The hat is in reasonable condition for its age but has suffered from a small amount of moth damage as can be seen in the pictures. It still displays well with only limited signs of wear and use.

All in all a nice original cap which is guaranteed to be wartime. The badge makes this a stand-out example and it would compliment any collection with a doubt.

Code: 51431Price:


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Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 5

An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1954 and in a size No. 5.

Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket.

The jacket features green coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period brass split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a steel buckle which is held onto the jacket with green/brown plastic buttons.

Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'John Peck & Co Ltd'. The size is marked as 5 which is designed to fit a 35-37" chest and a 31-33" waist. The 1954 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.

As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1954 as the year of issue.

The jacket is in good wearable condition and displays well. It only shows limited signs of wear and use but is missing one of its brass collar fasteners. As well as this there is a small hole to the rear of the sleeve as detailed in the pictures.

Altogether a good example of a Denim Battledress Blouse!

Code: 51423Price: 75.00 GBP


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Original WW2 British Army Officers Khaki Drill Shirt

An original British Army Officers cellular cotton Khaki Drill shirt dating from the Second World War.

This shirt came with a set of officers belongings all named to Frank R. A. Smith. Smith joined the Royal Artillery just before the outbreak of the Second World War and served for some years including in the tropics. All the items which came from this estate pre date the end of the war so it is unclear if he survived. What is certain is that all his belongs have been left untouched since approximately 1945 before being discovered earlier this year.

The shirt itself is a typical wartime theatre made example made from a coarse loose weave cellular cotton, often referred to as 'aertex'. All the button holes are hand stitched as is usually found with theatre made items and the buttons are an interesting pink/red composite type button which are again typical.

The shirt has a half front, or 'tunic front' as was common for men's shirts in the first half of the 20th century. The collar is reasonably large and breast pockets are present to the chest and feature scalloped flaps making it ideal for RAF as well as British Army.

The shirt has faced epaulettes which have had holes added to display three rank stars, or 'pips', on each shoulder to denote the rank of captain.

I would say the shirt is a small to medium size which would suit someone of around a 38" chest. When laid flat it measures -

Chest - 24"
Inside arm - 21 1/2"
Outside arm - 21"
Shoulders - 17 3/4"
Length - 32"

The shirt is in good condition for its age as can be seen in the pictures and it displays very well. It has been worn but does not show any serious signs of wear or misuse. It is of course a vintage item which is over 75 years old so may have small issues consummate with age.

All in all a nice original period shirt which would make a great addition to any collection or wardrobe.

Code: 51417Price:

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