I thought this might be of interest to some. I picked up this rather nice grouping to an engineer in the Merchant Navy on Tuesday:
Merchant Navy Use of RN 5A Battledress
There are four pairs of shorts, a high collard tunic and most interestingly a private puchase RN 5A working dress uniform with merchant navy rank insignia:
Merchant Navy Use of RN 5A BattledressMerchant Navy Use of RN 5A Battledress
The buttons are RN, kings crown:
Merchant Navy Use of RN 5A Battledress
And there is a tailor's label for Austin Reed:
Merchant Navy Use of RN 5A Battledress
What are peoples thoughts on this, is it wartime and the tailors just didn't have the correct buttons? Or has he got the uniform second hand post war and just added his MN rank? Either way its a nice grouping for 40 and the seller has promised me a name and photo of the chap for next week.