60s Vietnam War Vintage Tadpole Sparse (TDS) Tigerstripe Shirt - Medium

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Circa. 1960s

Midweight 100% cotton selvedge twill

A beautiful classic tigerstripe pattern known as 'Tadpole Sparse (TDS)' with the Johnson nomenclature, otherwise known as 'Silver' by some collectors. Introduced in 1964, this pattern was worn by US and ARVN forces until the end of the Vietnam War.

Made from an outstanding, soft Japanese midweight 100% cotton selvedge twill. It has bold black shapes and this example has a warm colourway with indigo hues. This shirt is made in an Asian cut with single-button pockets.

Displaying originally applied souvenir patches that indicate that this shirt was likely purchased and worn by a US Marine serving in Chu Lai and Da Nang. There are some glue marks on the left sleeve and over the left breast pocket where other patches have unfortunately been removed. Nevertheless, the remaining patches are a lovely authentic touch of personalisation and such patches are seldom seen on wartime tigerstripe garments.

Excellent condition with some minor signs of wear - All buttons, fittings and fixtures are present. Strong colours. There are some glue marks on the left arm and above the left pocket as previously mentioned - these may be removed with chemicals, but we have avoided doing so to preserve the colours and authenticity. The size label is present but faded. 

Flat garment measurements in inches:
Chest: 42" (21" P2P)
Length: 27
Arm: 22"

Shoulder: 20"

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Learn more about Vietnam War-era tigerstripe patterns and their development in our article 'Tigerstripe Swatches'