Early-1950s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Jersey

One of the unique uniforms of the Chevrons and Diamonds archive is this early 1950s jersey (owned by a military collector who obtained it in January 2017) but little was known about the original owner or the provenance of the flannel. The jersey is gray-pinstriped over white wool flannel and has a tapered cut to the trunk along with the shortened, capped sleeve which began to appear in the early part of the 1950s. Rather than buttons, the jersey fastens at the center with a zipper (which made their way onto baseball uniforms in the mid-1930s). There is a thin black soutache that encircles the collar and extends the full length of the placket as well as on the edge of the sleeve.

The jersey features a tattered and worn Goldsmith MacGregor tag that was in use by the company from 1946-1953 (“Goldsmith” was dropped after 1953) and appears to be a size 38 though it is difficult to pinpoint.

This jersey would have been used in Germany during the 504th’s occupation duty in the reconstruction years following the capitulation of the Third Reich.

 

Uniform Features:

Jersey:

  • Fastener: Rather than buttons, this jersey employs a zipper that runs from the vee of the collar to the bottom of the placket.
  • Material: The base material is light-weight road creamy white wool-flannel with light gray pinstripes.
  • Soutache: A single line of thin black  rayon material encircling the collar and down the placket. The single line soutache is positioned at the edge of the sleeve cuffs.
  • Lettering: Lightweight black athletic felt block lettering spelling out the AIRBORNE in an arc across the chest, on both sides of the placket. “5 0 4” is positioned at the center beneath the lettering with the “0” split across the zipper opening.
  • Numerals: None visible.
  • Sleeves: Three inches, non-gusseted without vent holes.
  • Other features: 1940s-era 504th unit shoulder sleeve insignia on the left sleeve
  • Tag:  Goldsmith MacGregor tag dating from 1946-1953 with the size (“38”) mostly obscured by wear.

Trousers: None

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