An original pair of 1951 dated British Denim Battledress Trousers in good condition and in a size No. 10.
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.
This particular pair still retains their original manufacturer's label to the interior. It states the size as No. 10 which is designed to fit someone with a 36-38". The manufacturer's name of 'C.W.S' is present which denotes the maker as the Cooperative Wholesale Society' - better known today as the Co-op. The 1951 date and the War Department broad arrow marking are also present.
It is important to remember that these are designed to fit over the wool battledress trousers so need to be worn oversize for an authentic fit.
When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 19"
Rise - 17 1/2"
Rear rise - 19 1/2"
Inside leg - 31 1/2"
Outside leg - 46"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The trousers are in good condition for their age and with only limited signs of wear and use. Overall they are very wearable and in good condition with signs of laundering. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of vintage trousers with some small issues commensurate with age.
A very nice original pair of denim trousers in a good, larger size and in very wearable condition.
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