With the introduction of the battledress blouse in 1938 the British really set a new standard for military working uniforms, and many other countries would follow with similar designs over the next few year, the famous Ike jacket for example. And whilst the Canadian forces would wear the classic battledress patten throughout the war, postwar they introduced their own versions of the classic lightweight denim piece. This would be used by enlisted men as a working jacket whilst onboard ships, I've found a couple of photos of them in use which I've included in the listing.
This beautiful jacket feels part battledress, part Levis denim! Loads of amazing details including the chinstrap, covered button placket and pockets, double button cuffs and adjustable side straps. The denim is heavy with some amazing fades, and retaining lots of its dark blue indigo colour. The original tag, though washed out, still sits inside the wasitband. If you look closely, you'll see the shadow of a ratings patch on the left sleeve, and the original sailors name & serial number had been written above the left pocket and upper back.
This is in amazing used condition. There are no holes or damage, however at some point someone had tried to cover the name in a thick black printers ink. I've managed (at great length) to remove the vast majority of these stains, but some remains.
- No tag, but could fit from med to XL depending upon desired fit
- Pit to pit 23"
- Shoulder to shoulder 20"
- Shoulder to cuff 26"
- Collar to hem 24"