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ATS Anti-Aircraft Smock

ATS Anti-Aircraft Smock

Code: M24644

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Smocks, A.A. (Wool Pile), A.T.S.  Size 6 (Ht. 5'7 - 5'91/2", Bt. 38 - 41").  Manufactured by H. Edgard & Sons Ltd.  Dated July 1942.   Commonly referred to as the 'Teddy Bear Coat' these were issued to Auxiliary Territorial Service girls manning Anti-Aircraft batteries and were particularly useful in cold winter conditions. This knee-length oversmock is manufactured in thick mid-brown wool fibre fleece. It has a deep opening at the front fastened with three concealed plastic buttons and lacing via three pairs of eyelets, a large collar and a buttoned neck flap. A roomy hand warming pocket is stitched across the front of the smock.  The sleeves, hem and side entry pockets are lined in khaki drill cotton and the cuffs are reinforced with leather. The lower hem is gusseted at each side and has small buttoned closure straps.  A leather-backed bracket stitched to the left hip served to accommodate a service issue torch. To the underside of the deep storm collar are a pair of metal hooks, each fitted to elasticated khaki tapes. The overall appearance is good, especially from the front but there is old moth damage.  Most is on the back and parts of the sides of the smock but there are no rips/tears or holes in the material.  It has all of its buttons and straps but the front lace is missing (easily replaced).  Good clear label and also stamped in ink with War Department marks and code letter '0' confirming 1942 production. The smock would benefit from a gentle wash to remove loose dust/detritus but rest assured that it has been carefully stored at minus 18 degrees for 6 weeks ensuring no live moth, larvae or eggs are present. An extremely rare item. Try finding another!  Stock code M24644.