ripcord wrote:Hello Gilles,
Thanks for your comments,
The reason I was uncertain about the TAP 53 is because of the absence of snaps on the rear of the smock.
Would be impossible to modify the smock from having snaps to not having snaps without evidence of some sort of modification...
Still a very nice example, but a bit of a strange variation...
The only reason I can see for no evidence of snaps is if the tailoring removed the cloth that originally had the snaps. Which is what appears to be the case with yours. The 47/53 has no seam down the center of the back, yours does. It also looks like your collar was split and resewn. The distance between the snaps is 5". Which means they could have removed 4 inches of material and used a 5th inch for the new seam.