I have to admit, these denim jumpers are one of my personal favourite pieces, and I've been trying to source one for the store for quite some time! Often referred to as the M35 or M37, neither of these is actually true! The army changed its specifications systems in 1937, but actually retained the same specs. The jumper, or to give its full name, 'Jumper, Working, Denim, Blue' was the direct descendent of the WW1 era brown denim jumpers and was introduced in 1919. This same pattern would remain in use with the army until its short-term replacement with the M40 denim coverall, and after that HBT fatigue-wear.
This pattern was pretty much standard issue for any chore or dirty work, and was issue extensively to the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-late 1930s. However, the pattern was not well liked, with many of them being ripped or altered down the front to create a jacket closure. They were also issued to German and Italian prisoners of war who would be given a wide variety of ww1-1930s clothing that at the time were considered to be surplus! If you look very closely on the back of this one, you'll see two slightly off-set printed Ps that were put on there to ensure the prisoner who wore this was clearly identifiable. It's also worth noting that whilst the buttons are original, they have been replaced at some point, and it's likely they were removed whilst being worn by a prisoner as they're stamped US Army, and this could cause confusion.
This is in perfect worn vintage condition. The denim is nicely faded, but there are no tears or rips to the fabric. The buttons are original zinc, which I've restitched with original ww2 thread. You can see the selvedge from the fabric on the inside of the pockets. There is a hand-written code inside which may stand for Western Costume Company who bought huge volumes of surplus for use in films, but usually their items are stamped.
- No tag but fits a modern medium
- Pit to pit 22"
- Shoulder to shoulder 19"
- Shoulder to cuff 24"
- Collar to hem 29"