WWII 48th Highlanders of Canada Battledress Blouse
WWII 48th Highlanders of Canada Battledress Blouse, Cap and Swagger Stick, C.S.M. Bettle, 1945 - This 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 48th Highlanders of Canada shoulders flashes and 1st Infantry Division patches on both shoulders. Each forearm sleeve is adored with additional insignia: the right with one silver first year and four red subsequent years War Service Chevrons and an Assistant Instructor's Badge, while both sleeves have wreathed Tudor crowns rank badges, emblematic of a Warrant Officer 2nd Class. The shoulders have button down epaulet straps held in place via metal buttons. There is a button down tab on the left side of the collar and when connected to the button at the right side, ensures a snug fit at the neckline. The front has two 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 button hole. When the buttons are fastened, they remain invisible to the eye, covered by the flaps. Above the left breast pocket is a Canadian Volunteer Service Medal ribbon bar, missing its silver overseas service Maple Leaf Clasp. The front is completed by a vertical row of five metal buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, simlarily 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 button down cuffs with metal buttons, and when fasterned, again are invisible to the eye, plus three reinforced ventiliation holes in each armpit. Inside, the waistline is reinforced with a 72 mm wide cotton band, with three reinforced button holes at the rear. The inside lapel on both sides has cotton-lined pockets, the right one stamped in black ink and displaying the maker stamp, "B.450 Battle Dress, BLOUSES, SERGE, SIZE No. 5, HEIGHT 5'5" to 5'6", BREAST 38" to 39", S & G Clothing Co. Ltd., MAR 1945", with a Canadian Broad Arrow production mark above, the left one inscribed in handwritten black ink "C S M BETTLE 1/3/45". It is also marked in black handwritten ink "RMD/280" on the left inside collar, the blouse itself measuring 460 mm across the shoulders and 550 mm in length overall. It displays a nice texture in the wool and quality workmanship, beautiful, intact stitching, very clean, near extremely fine.