An original pair of British Denim Battledress Trousers dating from the early 1950s which are in excellent condition.
This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforized cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period.
The original label is no longer present but the measurements would indicate that these are a size 9. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 19"
Rise - 18 1/2"
Rear rise - 20 1/2"
Inside leg - 28 1/2"
Outside leg - 43"
Cuff - 10 1/2"
It is important to remember that these trousers were designed to be worn over the standard wool battledress uniform and therefore should be worn oversize for an authentic fit.
The trousers are in very good condition with no real signs of wear or washing. They are very fresh overall and display very well. The only small flaw is some slight wear to the uppermost fly buttonhole which is illustrated in the pictures. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that they are a vintage item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original pair of 1950s work trousers in fine condition.
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