WW2 British Airborne Forces Denison Smock
'Smocks, Denison Airborne Troops'. By Henry Brown (Clothiers) Ltd. 1944 dated. Size 1 (Ht. 5'32 to 5'4", Br. 34 - 36"). Physically measures 44" pit to pit, collar to hem 33", collar seam to hem 30", shoulder to cuff 20", armpit to cuff 14". Although a size 1 it isn't actually that small. I am 6'1" tall and approximately 40" chest and it fits me generously other than the arms being short (I have long arms). 2nd Pattern. Named after its designer Major Denison and first introduced in 1941 this garment was made in unlined heavy duty windproofed camouflage material. It features a half zip closing right to the top of the blanket lined stand collar and concealed behind a wind-flap. Press studded flapped pockets are positioned at the chest and skirt and a 'tailpiece' stitched to the centre of the rear hem can be passed between the legs and fastened at the front using a series of press studs. Minor adjustment was possible at the cuffs and waist using small press studded tabs.
The smock is generally in very good condition. The material remains strong and other than a few small fray holes is damage free. The front of the garment is quite soiled but this may well wash out should the buyer wish to try. The back of the smock is remarkably clean. One waist adjustment stud is missing and there is light wear to the blanket linng at the collar. Good working 'N' marked brass zip. Labelled with War Department broad arrow, manufacturer's details and 1944 date. Quite a rare find in this condition. Further photographs available on request. Stock code J21093.