WW1 pattern tunic

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    Infanteer
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    WW1 pattern tunic

    Post by Infanteer on Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:31 am

    Imagine my excitement when I saw this tunic hanging on the wall at a local antique mall. In virtually unissued condition and a great size to boot.

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    Now imagine my surprise and disappointment when I read the label. Who knew the British army issued this pattern of uniform so late? Not me.

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    1960s Service Dress Jacket

    Post by edstorey on Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:13 am

    That is a nice find. They used to be quite plentiful in the UK into the early 1980s, but unfortunatley most got butchered up for use by re-enactors. The 'cut' of the uniform is I believe from the 1920s. I think they were manufactured until about 1965.

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    Re: WW1 pattern tunic

    Post by qsamike on Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:50 am

    Just a note.....

    Were these not made for the 1967 Tattoo......

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    Tattoo

    Post by edstorey on Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:40 am

    No, the 1967 Tattoo had their WWI SD manufactured by Ascot Tailers in Toronto. It was made of Canadian BD wool as opposed to the more distinctive and correct coloured UK wool.

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    Re: WW1 pattern tunic

    Post by Infanteer on Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:15 pm

    Ed, any idea what purpose the uniform was used for at that late of a date? Surely it wasn't still being used as a walking out dress in the 60's..... was it?

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    1960s SD Jacket

    Post by edstorey on Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:22 pm

    Steve, it was the No. 1 Dress for British Other Ranks. If you look closely at Canadian DEU, it is not very far removed from this style of Service Dress.

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    Tunic

    Post by Tankermike on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:02 am

    Nice tunic Steve, very interesting. I had a similar thing happen to me, I bought a nice 37 Pat web belt, nicely CDN marked and thought I had found a good belt. Until I walk out into the sunlight and noticed it was a very faded RCAF belt.

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    Re: WW1 pattern tunic

    Post by Infanteer on Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:52 pm

    It's still a nice piece, just not the amazing find I initially imagined. It's still much better than a reproduction tunic since it's an authentic, issued item.

    Mike, hopefully you didn't pay too much for the belt. I too have purchased items only to discover later that something was broken, missing or not quite right. It's easy to overlook things when you're excited about a find. Best thing we can do is slow down and really look items over carefully before buying.

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