Uniform [Tunic (RNZAF)]

Cambridge Circus, Manufacturer

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Cambridge Circus, Manufacturer
-1 No.1 Tunic, RNZAF. Blue wool tunic, skirt-waisted. The collar has short, wide lapels. There are 4 external patch pockets. The left and right breast patch pockets have a vertical central pleat and scalloped flaps. The corner points of the pocket flaps are secured by dome fasteners. The waist patch pockets are large and rectangular with rectangular pocket flaps. All 4 patch pockets have a single brass button securing the pocket flap. There is an internal change pocket opening on the right front positioned between the breast pocket and waist pocket. The waist of the tunic has a belt of the same material as the tunic. The belt has a rectangular brass buckle with 2 pins. There are 3 girth settings on the belt holes. Inside the right breast and left breast linings is an internal pocket. At the back of the tunic, is a vent which runs from the belt to the tail of the tunic. The tunic is fully lined with blue cotton fabric and white silk in the sleeves. Above the left breast patch pocket is a Pilot's badge. This comprises a set of golden wings embroidered on a black wool background. At the centre and between the wings are the letters "NZ" and a crown. The letters are enfolded with laurel leaves. Below the wings is a medal strip. From left to right the strip has the 1939-45 Star, France and Germany medal, Defence medal, War medal. The front opening of the tunic has 4 brass buttons. All the buttons on the tunic are present. On the face of the buttons are the letters "NZ", a crown and a winged bird (eagle or albatross). Inside the pocket on the right breast is a maker's label made of white fabric, sewn onto the pocket. Embroidered in red is "Alkit" and printed in black is "Cambridge Circus, London WC2". Under this, is printed number and date. Barely visible, is the number "20060" written in ink. The shoulder badges have the words "New Zealand" embroidered in gold cotton on a black background. There is a loop sewn onto the inside of the collar. Around each sleeve, 80 mm above the cuff, are 2 sets of stripes. Each set is identical, that is black tape, yellow tape and black tape. The width of each set is 14 mm with a 3 mm gap between them.
-2 Trousers (RNZAF) - blue, wool trousers with 7 buttons at the fly opening together with a brass clip at the waist. The front of the trousers has double pleats on either side of the opening. The pleats fold inwards. Around the waist band are 6 buttons for securing the tunic to the trousers and for braces, if required. The waistline is higher at the back than the front. The buttons around the waist band are light brown except the button at the back right, which is dark brown. There are left and right side pockets and a single right hip pocket. The inside waist is lined with grey denim cotton which extends down 110 mm from the top. The fly is also lined with grey denim cotton cloth behind the buttons. The pockets are made of white and grey cotton. The back hip pocket has losses in the grey cotton. It would appear that the 2 side pockets have been repaired as they comprise 2 different fabrics. The width of the trouser leg cuff is 255 mm, waist 780 mm and inside leg 790 mm.
-3 Trousers (RNZAF) - blue, wool trousers with 7 buttons on the fly opening. The front waist has double pleats on either side of the fly opening. The pleats fold toward the opening. The buttons are black plastic. The top fly button is missing. There are 6 buttons around the waist band for securing the trousers to the tunic and for braces. The waistline is cut higher at the back than at the front. There is a 40 mm V-shaped vent in the back waist band. There are left and right side pockets and a right hip pocket. The hip pocket has a button and button hole. The inside waist band is lined with brown cotton fabric overlaid with a white cotton fabric with blue and orange vertical stripes. The pocketing is grey cotton with white cotton fabric buttons to the pockets. Written with ink on hip pocketing is "07 12768". Sewn into the brown cotton lining is "R83L".
Processed Material/Textile/Wool
Processed Material/Textile/Cotton
Processed Material/Textile/Silk
Processed Material/Metal/Alloy/Copper Alloy/Brass
Processed Material/Textile/Wool
Processed Material/Textile/Cotton/Denim
Processed Material/Textile/Wool
Processed Material/Textile/Cotton
Processed Material/Synthetic/Plastic
Signature/Marks and Type
20060 Hand-written
alkit / CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS / LONDON, W.C.2. Maker's Mark
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Credit Line
Cambridge Circus. Uniform [Tunic (RNZAF)], 2004.307.1. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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