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    A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:18 pm

    This bit of the forum's been quiet for a few days, so here are some bits of mine to relieve the monotony. Nothing you haven't already seen but it's always nice to see new examples.

    First a 68 patt smock, seemingly never issued, with the earlier 8405 NSN. I got one of these just before leaving the TA in 1974, I can't recall what size but I don't remember it burying me like this size 8 does now:




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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:25 pm

    Heading backward timewise, here is a 60 pattern smock in DPM. This size 8 is a perfect fit, though I don't wear it and it stays in the wardrobe. It's nearly identical in colour scheme to my 68 smock. I don't think the TA ever got these; I certainly never saw one.




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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:31 pm

    This is the type I was issued with in 1972. It's a size 8 OG 60 pattern in near-perfect condition. This one's also a perfect fit - what happened to the sizing in the 68 pattern? I have no idea what size I wore at the time as then I had no interest beyond whether it was comfortable and did the job, but I suspect it would have been a 7 as I've filled out somewhat since then. Sorry about the not very good photos btw.




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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:35 pm

    Here's an earlier 60 patt, with the square elbow reinforcement. This one is a size 9 which just about fits me though with the notorious tightness under the arms. It is in very clean condition even though the label's a bit faded.




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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:42 pm

    This is one I actually wear out and about, in pretty good order but not quite as good as the others, plus it was cheap enough that I feel I can afford to. It's a later size 8, but the sizing seems subtly different to the other two as it feels very slightly longer in the arms and body, and it's a bit less forgiving than they are of the extra weight I carry these days.




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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:53 pm

    Finally (for now), this is pure self-indulgence: a 1959 pattern Denison. I wanted one of these ever since visiting my local surplus store in about 1970, seeing a whole rack of these in mint condition and not having the money for one. I forgot about that for a long time but once I started acquiring later smocks, I thought I may as well go all the way. This is not mint but it's 8/10. I don't know what the purpose of the pink and blue label is as you can't use it to hang it up, but it looks as if it's been properly put in.

    I'm now after mint or near-mint examples of the other prints of 59 Denisons, size immaterial. This is possibly not the ideal time to be starting out, but then we don't find the quest, it finds us....




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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Camo_fiend on Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:45 pm

    Great smocks! That P60 smock is amazing. Great colours given its age.


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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:57 pm

    Yes, it's been used but only lightly. There were a couple of 1969 German coins in the pocket so I assume the original owner was BAOR.

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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:56 pm

    Another Denison, dated 1948 but otherwise identical to the company's production in WW2. I have seen a couple of 1948 labels altered to look like 1943 - there's one for sale in Holland right now - but luckily the round top of the 8 is a giveaway, as the 3 elsewhere on the label has a flat top.






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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:03 pm

    A cheap Denison. Spotted this recently in a vintage clothing store for £80...






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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by CollectinSteve on Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:50 am

    Holly crap! That's a great bunch of denisons. Nice to see them side by side.

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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by ripcord on Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:54 am

    That " cheap " Dennison is absolutely beautiful,

    Love all the olive color pieces, and am equally impressed with the rest...

    Thanks for posting..

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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:43 am

    Thanks for the  positive comments guys! BTW I've just realised that this board sometimes crops photos, and the whole smock is visible if you click on the image.

    [Hey Steve, so you also knew Holly Crap! A lovely girl but a bit wild for me...]

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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Easy Gee on Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:45 am

    Great collection, and a pleasant change from contemporary combat jackets Cool 

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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:20 am

    Edward53 wrote:[Hey Steve, so you also knew Holly Crap! A lovely girl but a bit wild for me...]

    Heh... spell check can't correct for everything, can it? Very Happy

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    Re: A few smocks

    Post by Edward53 on Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:01 am

    Smock sateen in Size 8. This rarity is a recent ebay score that came in at a very reasonable price. I took a chance on the poor photos and it turned out to be much nicer than it looked, tho it did stink (almost cured by a gentle wash and soaking in dilute vinegar solution). I can't tell the date but think it is either 53 or 55.







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