An original, iconic, M-1943 jacket in superb condition.
Issued from 1943, it replaced the unsatisfactory M-1941 jacket, and its design was considered so effective it was only slightly reworked in later decades, resulting in the M-1965 jacket.
Made in a cotton sateen, it has a light sheen, with two chest pockets and two hip pockets, storm-flap neck closure, concealed front buttons and a removable hood. The cuffs have a bellow which ensures a snug fit around the wrist for warmth.
The jacket's contract/issue label has faded and is unreadable, but the stitched instruction label at the collar dates it as an early version, issued between mid-1943 and late 1944. The labelled hood dates from 1945 and is likely to have been issued later to replace a lost original.
Labelled 36L, it fits like a contemporary Medium, as its design allowed for multiple layers, including an undershirt, wool shirt, 5-button wool jumper and cotton and wool-pile liner.
This jacket retains all its original buttons and has no rips or holes. The lining is clean and unmarked.
In terms of wear, the only issue with the jacket is some light brown marking on the front at the waist (pictured), where the webbing belt would have been worn.
However, the jacket has not been washed and it is likely this would disappear with a little careful attention.