Smocks, A.A. (Wool Pile), A.T.S. Size 5 (Height. 5'7 - 5'9", Breast. 34 - 37"). Manufactured by T.F. Firth & Sons Ltd., Flush Mills, Heckmondwike. Dated August 1942. Commonly referred to as the 'Teddy Bear Coat' these were issued to Auxiliary Territorial Service women manning Anti-Aircraft batteries as spotters, on predictor machines and searchlights amongst other roles, 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 six concealed plastic buttons and lacing via six pairs of brass eyelets, a large collar and a buttoned neck flap. 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. Overall condition is remarkable with excellent fleece having no moth damage, tears or repairs. It has the full complement of original buttons and laces. This example was never fitted with the large front pocket or leather torch patch. It has loops on the collar but there is no evidence of the straps/metal hooks seen on some smocks. Good clear label and also stamped in ink with War Department marks and code letter '0' confirming 1942 production. The best example we've seen and an extremely rare item. Stock code M27182.