J003658 PRISONER OF WAR TUNIC. Tunic issued to Prisoners of war by the Japanese government during WW2. A fully lined tunic constructed from a heavy, olive drab colored wool, which features three exterior pockets, a five button, single-breasted front closure, and a lay-down collar. The patch pocket to the left breast has a scalloped, button-down flap, with a button, and the unbuttoned, patch hip pockets each have straight-edged flaps. The buttons to the front closure are of olive drab colored bakelite, and the smaller button to the breast pocket is of wood. All appear to have their original stitching. Vertical tail skirt vents rise 7" from the base of the tunic beyond each hip pocket. The interior of the tunic is lined in white cotton, and the interior left breast is ink stamped with two vertical rectangles, the left divided into four columns, all left blank, and the right with three columns, each with kanji characters within them. To the center column of the right rectangle is a "Showa era 18th year" (1943) date, and its right column has a size "small" indication. Beneath the left rectangle are characters within a smaller, vertical rectangle, alongside of which are characters within a cartouche which most likely indicate the manufacturer. A loop, of the same material as the remainder of the tunic, is beneath the interior neck. Light age soiling is evident throughout, but there is no discernible usage wear, which may imply that it was never issued. Roughly a size 38.  

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $85.00

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