IMA Sealed Pattern Patrol Jacket

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IMA Sealed Pattern Patrol Jacket

Postby gregory128 » 11 Jun 2016 18:04

Hi people, a little while ago IMA posted this on there page:
http://www.ima-usa.com/original-british ... -seal.html

This item sold almost immediately afterwards, however as i am unfamiliar with this pattern of patrol jacket and the lack of an austrian knot, could someone educate me on the matter. The design resembles a NCO's piece with the lack of braiding and eloquence as added onto surviving officers examples. In addition the item has been allocated to the "spares and clothing division"? Surely this would have been produced and patented by the Royal Clothing Factory? But as you are all the authority on the topic i submit to your expertise.

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Re: IMA Sealed Pattern Patrol Jacket

Postby theironduke1 » 15 Jun 2016 21:05

If it is a sealed pattern, it is almost certainly a senior NCO's patrol jacket and could have been worn in many cavalry or infantry regiments.
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Re: IMA Sealed Pattern Patrol Jacket

Postby gregory128 » 18 Jun 2016 23:41

Thank you for your response IronDuke. Are you at all familiar with the Spare and Clothing Division may i ask? Post 1855 matters were dealt with by the Royal Clothing Factory as I understand so the issuer does not seem to of British origin at least.
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Re: IMA Sealed Pattern Patrol Jacket

Postby t100 » 20 Jun 2016 20:54

I have found reference to the 'Stores and Clothing Division' of the War Office (which is what it actually says on the label). However, this is only around 1920-1, about 25 years too late for this style if it is a military item.

There are also a few features of the braiding that aren't quite right (even scaled down for an NCO pattern). In particular, the bottom of the skirt opening at the front on this kind of patrol jacket is pretty much always at least slightly rounded rather than squared. The braiding round the pockets is usually the other way round than shown here - as in this image: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/53/6b/2b/536b2bae99f22559fef6519335878620.jpg.

Taking these things together, I don't think this item is totally as it appears.

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Re: IMA Sealed Pattern Patrol Jacket

Postby Frogsmile » 26 Feb 2017 18:15

Very late response to this but as it's an area that interests me I hope it will be useful to contribute. This rather plain style of patrol jacket is typical in several (but not all respects) to the patrol jacket permitted (I think at individual expense) for 'staff sergeants' (i.e. unit specialists). It was also used by junior ranks of service support corps such as the ASC, whose duties largely lay in barracks environments. However, very similar frocks were also worn by middle ranking officers of civil and colonial police forces, St John's Ambulance, Fire Brigades, various railway companies and even Christian Boys Brigades of various denominations.
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