An original pair of British Denim Battledress Trousers dated 1955 and in a size 6.
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. 6 which is designed to fit someone with a 34-35" waist along with the manufacturer's name 'W. A. Phelps (London) Ltd'. The 1952 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'C' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue.
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 - 18 1/2"
Rise - 16"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 29 1/2"
Outside leg - 42 1/2"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The trousers are in good condition for their age and appear to have seen some use. They have some marks and stains as are clearly evident in the pictures. The trousers haven't seen a huge amount of wear or us however meaning they still have plenty of life left in them. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that these are a pre-owned pair of vintage work trousers which have some small issues commensurate with this.
A nice original pair of denim trousers in a good condition and complete with their original label.
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