An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dated 1952 and in a size No. 4.
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 sanforised 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 retain their original manufactures label the exterior of the seat. It states the size as No. 4 which is designed to fit someone with a 33-34" waist and 30" inside leg. 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 - 17 3/4"
Rise - 16 1/4"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 29 1/2"
Cuff - 9"
The label also bears the manufacturers name ''KNEVERNE LTD', the 1952 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use. There is some limited staining, mainly to the front of the legs and a few holes near the cuff of each leg. These are detailed in the pictures so please take time to study them and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of 1950s work trousers which may have other small issues consummate with their vintage.
A nice original pair of post-war dated trousers in a good size and with a nice clear label.