An original pair of 1952 dated British Denim Battledress Trousers in good condition and in a size No. 9.
This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained in 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 bears the title of 'Overalls Denim Trousers' Along with the maker's name of 'Cohen & Co', the 1952 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. It also states the size as No. 9 which is designed to fit someone with a 33-35". 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 1/2"
Rise - 18"
Rear rise - 20"
Inside leg - 32 1/2"
Outside leg - 47 1/2"
Cuff - 9 3/4"
The trousers are in good condition for their age and appear to have seen only moderate use. They are still very crisp and fresh with no signs of ever being washed all laundered. They do however have some light staining which is evident in the pictures. Overall, the trousers are in good condition although they are not perfect new old stock examples. Please study the pictures before purchasing.
A very nice original pair of denim trousers in a good size and in nice condition.
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