WWII Royal Artillery 2nd Lieutenant Tunic
WWII Royal Artillery 2nd Lieutenant Tunic - This tunic is fabricated from a olive green cotton-wool blend and is adorned with epaulette straps on both shoulders, each strap with three pips and held in place with small brass buttons bearing the Royal Artillery insignia. The collars have 28.2 mm x 47.5 mm bronze Ubique exploding bomb collar tabs affixed by lugs and pins on their undersides. The front has four large pockets, one on each breast, with small brass Royal Artillery buttons sewn in place and dual snaps, while the button-less lower pockets on either side at the waist are larger and deeper. Each of these four pockets have a fold over flap. Above the left breast pocket is a ribbon bar with four ribbons (British Empire Medal (Military), 1939-1945 Star, War Medal 1939-1945 and Efficiency Medal), held in place by a swing bar pinback. There is also a flap-less pocket midway between the upper and lower pockets on the right side. The front is completed by a vertical row of four large brass Royal Artillery buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, each of the buttons maker marked "J.R. GAUNT & SON LONDON". In addition, there are black embroidered red wool patches on both shoulders with the upward pointing bow and arrow Anti-Aircraft Command insignia, along with a yellow and blue embroidered olive green wool Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Battle Honour Badge sewn on the left forearm. The rear of the tunic is single-vented. The inside of the tunic is lined in chocolate brown cotton, with white cotton in the sleeves. There is a dual hook and eye closure at the waist, ensuring a snug fit and a nicely tapered-look. The collar has the maker's label, inscribed "FLIGHTS Ltd. / 4 NEW BURLINGTON St. LONDON. W.1. / TEL. REGENT 2346" and named to "1288L 2/Lieut. C.A. Simpson. R.A.", plus a brown strap above for hanging the tunic on a hook. The tunic measures 460 mm across the shoulders and 775 mm in length overall. There is some white stains on the shoulders and the underside of the collar, small holes in both forearms, along with soiling evident on the left forearm above the cuff. It displays a nice texture in the fabric, intact stitching and quality workmanship. A fine WWII collectible, better than very fine.