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This is an excellent vintage 1940s to early 1950s men's belted CC41 wool coat, in a herringbone check style that could easily date into the 1930s on appearance.
The base of the coat is a grey/ mid brown herringbone twill pattern, with a large intersecting orange and red check pattern overlaid. The style is six button double breasted with twin slash waist pockets, with a single buttoned rear skirt vent (button absent). There is a single central seam back, with no breast pocket or cuff buttons. The sleeves themselves feature a raglan style, whilst the collar has a twin buttonhole 'wind up' style. The detachable belt is held via two belt loops, and has a brown plastic buckle. The lining is a caramel ribbed satin.
The shoulders are padded, I would say a medium amount.
The label states it was made by 'CHAS MACINTOSH AND Co Ltd EST. 1824' and boasts 'THE FIRST NAME IN RAINWEAR LONDON MADE'. This company began producing coats in mid- 1942. This coat is believed to date around this period, judging by the original logo. Below this is the CC41 (Controlled Commodity) utility label with the code X212A below. A rectangular piece of burgundy satin lining has been to the base of the collar, with a white name label added reading 'G. L. RICE'. There is a cream cotton hanging chain above the label, though it is damaged at one end.
The condition is generally very good, with only some small moth nips to the outer as pictured, the lining has some light soiling and a small hole also pictured. The inner sleeve-head lining has become slightly detached along with the rectangular burgundy piece of lining at the base of the collar. This could easily be tacked back in and is not causing any serious concern. The pocket linings are intact with no holes, only half a period matchstick inside.
Approximate measurements laid flat:
Pit to pit: 21 Inches
Shoulder to shoulder: 18 Inches
Base of collar to hem: 44 Inches
Shoulder seam to cuff: 23.5 Inches
Overall a lovely example of a classic period CC41 utility wool overcoat, in a nice lively pattern.
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Basic 1908 pattern equipment set as used during the Great War and inter-war years, even seeing some limited use in the early years of WW2.
This battle order set is nearly complete, comprising of waist belt in a size medium, a pair of cartridge carriers, cross straps, bayonet frog, water bottle cradle and haversack. The set is missing only the helve carrier and entrenching tool cover to complete. The set is correct as it is for the inter-war years that saw the redundancy and eventual replacement of the entrenching tool. The set has been finished in a light shade of 103 blanco, though it appears to have had other shades and layers underneath.
All parts are correct for Great War period manufacture, with no post war modifications. The bayonet frog is the correct wartime economy model retaining the helve strap yet having the brass rivets deleted. The water bottle cradle is the correct wartime front fastening pattern, free from post war conversion to top fastening.
Most pieces of the set are undated, save for the haversack which is dated 1918 and made by the Mills Equipment Company. The cross straps are a matching pair of Mills manufacture and are dated 1919. All other pieces are stamped but have become illegible through use.
There are several unit markings and numbers to the pieces as befits the mass issue and re-issue of the 1908 pattern equipment. The only easily recognisable unit mark is 'T S OTC' to the rear of the haversack.
The condition is overall very good and clean, all poppers, straps and buckles function correctly. The belt has a degree of ribbing and wear to the male side and a small amount to the female side. The water bottle carrier has had some period service repairs to the lower front of the strap.
The right hand ammunition pouch has had the 2 inch strap removed, that was intended to secure to the buckles of the haversack when worn in the battle order configuration. This is not terribly noticeable and would not largely affect display.
Overall this is a great set and would display very well on a mannequin.
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An excellent example to the 1940 pattern economy battle dress blouse, dated 1943 and in a large size 13.
This example was made by 'Cohen & Wilks Ltd' and is in exceptional condition. There is no moth damage to the material, which has a great nap to it and is still very woolly in texture. There is evidence of shoulder titles and patches having been removed, though it is only noticeable in a certain light and there is no stitching or holes remaining. The lining is in excellent clean shape throughout with no tears or rips, there is some minor marking to the rear of the collar through use.
Overall an excellent example, free from moth damage and in a desirable size.
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A decent wartime pair of US Army paratrooper brown leather high leg boots, in a US size 8.
This pattern of boot was designed in 1941 and saw service with US army airborne units throughout the war. They also saw some use among Canadian parachute troops, who had undergone training in the United States. This pair are in the correct brown leather and feature the perforated toe cap seam and twelve lace holes, as per wartime examples. Post war examples vary somewhat in these latter features.
The boots are complete with an original pair of laces, one has been repaired but remains functional. The leather is well worn but remains intact, as does the stitching, leaving them strong overall boots. The internal leather tongues are in good shape, and are marked 'UT511'. The soles are worn smooth but still bear the correct 'US ARMY' stamps to the underneath. The heels appear to be replacements, as they are not the bevelled type that they would likely have been issued with.
Overall they are in good solid shape and would display well on a US or Canadian airborne mannequin.
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Standard British issue life preserver as used for assault troops, famously worn on D-Day and the Rhine Crossings.
The condition is fair and supple throughout and all tapes and loops are present and intact, though the hose has dried out slightly. The rubberised fabric bears the typical yellow dotted pattern and is profusely stamped throughout. The date has become illegible due to construction, though is likely 1943 or 44 dated.
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