Suit, Working, One-Piece, Herringbone
Twill Early Type
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April 26, 2016
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Whether it was under the hood of a duce-n-half at the motor pool, under
the cowling of the P-51 Mustang in the hanger, Driving a Tank in the hot
sun, or whisking in the breeze while parachuting in formation, the
One-pc HBT Working Suit was worn throughout the Army by many soldiers.
This garment was the standard work clothing worn by mechanics of any
trade and by some special troops during training. Even horse
mounted cavalry at times trained in these. The low hanging crotch
makes this garment very easy to wear. Combined with the durability
of the HBT fabric these coveralls lasted for years. This specific
style of coverall eventually was replaced with another pattern midway
during WWII in a dark shade OD #7 HBT.
This style of garment incorporated two
breast pockets with openings of different configurations, two side entry
hidden style front hip pockets, two rear patch pockets, one side patch
tool pocket, and two side openings for access into interior garments
worn underneath the suit. It comes belted with an integral belt
with stamped metal slide buckle, and 13-star Burst of Glory metal
buttons affixed by black metal tacks. Nothing more authentic
exists on the market other than our replica. You can get them
dirty, work in them, tear them, make a real mechanic of yourself and you
won't have to worry about ruining a piece of history. You can even
parachute in them they are so comfortable.
Accurate HBT fabric does not exist on the
commercial textile market so we contracted with a domestic American fabric mill
to produce the best most authentic HBT fabric available anywhere on the
planet. It is durable and hefty and wears hard just like the
originals. We dyed the fabric in the authentic sage shade of Olive
Drab #5, otherwise known to collectors as "light shade".
The dyes used in dyeing the fabric are mil-spec so they are very
buttons are restrikes of the WWII era Burst of Glory 13-star metal
buttons with black metal tacks which affix them. Construction of
the garment is accomplished with mercerized and glazed 100% cotton thread
matched for gauge and dyed in the
appropriate shade of OD authentic to the uniform.
Be advised the fabric used in these garments has a residual shrinkage of
about 1" in the waist and chest. Shrinkage should be considered when
sizing. These are designed to be roomy.