WWII Royal Canadian Engineers Tunic
WWII Royal Canadian Engineers Tunic - This tunic is fabricated from a thick, green tinged khaki cotton, giving it that distinctive Canadian-look. The shoulders and upper arms are each adorned with five embroidered insignia: a Royal Canadian Engineers shoulder flash, a Canada General Service shoulder flash, a Crown insignia, a Flaming Grenade insignia and Sergeant Stripes. In addition, the right sleeve exhibits four embroidered, stacked red Service Chevrons, while the left sleeve has an embroidered "GS" insignia, indicating that the wearer volunteered for overseas service. The front has four pockets, smaller ones on each breast which are pleated, plus larger ones at the waist on either side, with all four pockets coming with foldover flaps and small brass General Service insignia buttons, the small pockets also coming with dual snap closures. Above the left breast pocket, there is a four-ribbon ribbon bar sewn in place (Military Medal with silver rosette, British War Medal, Victory Medal with bronze MID oakleaves, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal). The front is completed by a vertical row of four large General Service insignia brass buttons, the bottom one maker marked "J.R. GAUNT & SON Ltd, LONDON" on the reverse, the other three are unmarked, on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, held in place via coil loops. Each collar displays a bronze Flaming Grenade collar tab insignia, held in place via lugs and pins. The matching 52 mm wide belt is sewn to the rear seams of the tunic on either side, with a two-pronged brass buckle on the left side and three rows of two holes each on the receiving right side, for an adjustable fit at the waist, while the tail of the jacket is single vented. The inside of the tunic has two small, deep pockets on the right side beside the opening, while the left side is stamped "SIZE 28, Height 5ft11-6ft, Breast 40-41, Waist 35-36, Sterling Cloak Co. Ltd., 1942". In addition, there is a small numbered white tag clipped near the right armpit and a strap at the collar for hanging the tunic on a hook, with the service number "B70474" in black ink inscribed upon it. The tunic measures 770 mm in length and 480 mm across between the shoulder seams. Although there are few stains on the back between the shoulders and age discolouration in the collar, the tunic displays nice texture and quality workmanship, retaining its original look through quality stitching and the high grade materials used. Worn but very fine.