A WWII Battledress to the R.C.E.M.E. 8th Army
A WWII Battledress to the R.C.E.M.E. 8th Army - The battledress blouse is wool with a green tinge to the darker khaki colour, giving it that distinctive Canadian-look versus the British version, of which the Canadian one is patterned after. The blouse is adorned with "R.C.E.M.E. CANADA" embroidered flashes on both shoulders, with buttondown epaulette straps held in place via metal buttons, the left epaulette with an embroidered British 8th Army patch. The upper arm on both sleeves have maroon wool 5th (Armoured) Division patches, with the armpits vented through the use of two small reinforced holes each. The front has two cotton-lined pockets, one on each breast which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look with metal buttons at the top. Each pocket has a foldover flap and when lifted up, exposes a reinforced buttonhole. When the buttons are fastened, they remain invisible to the eye, covered by the flaps. Above the left breast pocket are two ribbon bars (the top bar with four ribbons representing the 1939-1945 Star, the Italy Star, the France and Germany Star and the Defence Medal, 12 mm x 125 mm, sewn in place; the bottom bar with a ribbon representing the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with silver Maple Leaf overseas service clasp, pinned in place). The front has three metal buttons on the right side, facing three reinforced button holes on the left, similarily covered by a full-length flap, again remaining invisible to the eye. Along the waistline at the front is a strap on the left side, and when fed through the metal belt loop on the right side, ensures a snug fit at the waist. It comes with buttondown cuffs with metal buttons, and when fastened, again are invisible to the eye. Inside, the waistline is reinforced with a 75 mm wide cotton band, with three reinforced buttonholes at the rear. The right pocket is stamped with the Canadian Broad Arrow production stamp and maker stamped "DU-VAL Devonshire Clothes TORONTO CANADA, BLOUSES, SERGE, BATTLE DRESS, SIZE 4, HEIGHT 5'5" - 5'6", BREAST 34" - 35", MARCH 1945". The blouse measures 400 mm across the shoulders and 545 mm in length overall. The cotton band inside exhibits wear at the waistline, the one buttonhole on its left side worn, with wear of the cotton fabric along the top edge causing separation at the horizontal and vertical seams in the centre region of the khaki wool exterior, plus staining on both cotton pockets and cuffs. It displays nice texture in the wool and quality workmanship, retaining its original look through quality stitching and the high grade materials used, in better than very fine condition.