Uniform - Tunic (Battle Dress RNZAF)

Cambridge Clothing Company Limited, Manufacturer

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Maker and Role
Cambridge Clothing Company Limited, Manufacturer
Production Date
Blue wool battle dress jacket with collar and lapel. There are 4 black buttons down the right flap of the jacket and 4 hidden button holes on the left side. There is a pleated breast pocket with denim lining on either side of the jacket. The pockets have a cover flap with a scalloped edge and a button to close them. Above the left breast pocket, is an observers badge and 6 medal bars. The badge has gold embroidery and it depicts the letter 'O' with a wing on its right side. The bars are arranged in 2 rows. Their colour sequences and corresponding medals are as follows:
Navy blue/red/light blue (1939-45 Star).
Blue/white/red/white/blue (France and Germany medal).
Green/black/green/orange/green/black/green (Defence Medal).
Red/blue/white/red/white/blue/red (War Medal).
White/black/white (NZ War Medal).
Yellow/blue/red/green/red/light blue/yellow.

At the waist is a strap on the left jacket flap. There is a silver buckle and a belt loop on the right side. At each shoulder is an epaulette adorned with 2 stripes (black, blue, black). The epaulettes are attached on either side of the collar with a silver button each. The buttons have a crown flanked by the letters 'NZ', above a bird in flight. The cuffs have a single black hidden button each and are lined with blue denim. Inside the jacket the waist is reinforced with blue denim. There is a second band of denim at the back of the jacket with 3 button holes in it. There are 2 side interior pockets, both made of denim. There is a denim tab at the collar used to hang the jacket. It is flanked by 2 square pieces of denim used to reinforce the epaulettes. The seams around the armholes are reinforced with brown piping.
Processed Material/Textile/Wool
Processed Material/Textile/Cotton/Denim
Signature/Marks and Type
CAMBRIDGE/ CLOTHING/Co. LTD./ 1952 Maker's Mark
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Credit Line
Cambridge Clothing Company Limited. 1952. Uniform - Tunic (Battle Dress RNZAF), 2003.796. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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