Faux French Cuffs...

Faux French Cuffs...

Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

May 28th, 2006, 10:50 am #1

In response to the earlier query, I attach photos of the faux (fake) French Cuff on my Warrant Officer tunic.

The cuff is turned outside the sleeve and stitched giving the appearance of another cuff - a fake or 'faux' cuff.

Construction wise, the material looks to have been longer than the sleeve, turned up at the bottom, and then, several inches up turned back upon itself and stitched in place. I would guess that it is all one piece of material and not a separate piece sewn on.

Considering they saved some six inches of material per sleeve when they abolished the faux cuff - you can see why!

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Joined: September 16th, 2004, 5:12 am

May 28th, 2006, 3:20 pm #2

Does anybody know the exact date when the French Faux Cuffs were dropped on the airmen (and WO's) service dress tunic (sometime in 1939??). Am I right in saying the next issue tunics had "Simplified" on their size label as it was a cost-cutting measure with war on the horizon? Any info appreciated.
Thanks, Paul.
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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

May 28th, 2006, 6:55 pm #3

I have recently passed on a 1940 tunic that was named to a Battle of Britain Sergeant Pilot and that had simplied cuffs (although I can't recall if it was on the label) and dated 1940. I have seen another dated 1939 that did have them.

I don't know if you can narrow it down more than that.
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Joined: September 16th, 2004, 5:12 am

May 28th, 2006, 10:06 pm #4

Hi Alex, was that the one that has just gone on E-Bay out of curiousity (with cap, trousers, Kitbag etc)?
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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

May 28th, 2006, 11:30 pm #5

Hi Paul

No the one I had went to a mate of mine who has started collecting Battle of Britain, having had the interest for ages (he collected Napoleonic before).

He had bought an undated Sgt Pilot 'VR' tunic a few months ago with a BoB clasp on a 39-45 star ribbon. The seller sold the 1940 dated side cap separately though.

Mine was 1940 dated, wings, Sergeant Stripes and Auxiliary 'A' badges, and was named to a pilot who flew in the Battle but was killed in November 1940.
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Joined: February 16th, 2005, 11:34 pm

May 29th, 2006, 9:23 am #6

Hold on a minute, if these cuffs are made longer then turned back and stitched. Then surely they ( the faux cuff )would be inside out and the "guts" of the sleeve would be on display. Are you sure it isn't two seperate pieces of sleeve ( a foreshortened sleeve and a cuff ) butted up against one another and sewn together?
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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

May 29th, 2006, 10:26 am #7

I thought the same and had a feel to see if I could tell, but the only hems or folds I could determine were those where the lining was stitched into the sleeve.

The material itself would be the same on both sides (rather than having a 'good' and 'bad' side) and could easily be hidden by a skilful tailor. Saying that, on tailored tunics I guess each might have a different way of constructing it.
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Joined: October 19th, 2003, 6:40 pm

June 23rd, 2006, 7:13 am #8

How long are the turnback cuffs on OA tunics please? I'm trying to find info for a possible conversion job.
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Joined: February 16th, 2005, 11:34 pm

June 23rd, 2006, 8:23 am #9

Hi, Spoke to an e bay trader who had a WO tunic and he said cuffs were 95mm deep.
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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

June 23rd, 2006, 10:26 am #10

The cuffs on my W/O tunic are exactly 100mm.
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