An original pair of British Denim Battledress Trousers dated 1952 and in excellent unworn 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. This particular pair were actually produced as part of a contract for the Civil Defence as is denoted by the reference of 'C.D. 33' on the label.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is legible. It states the manufacturer's name as 'F. Fryer & Co. Ltd' and the date as 1952. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as are the various details pertaining to size. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 18 1/2"
Rise - 17"
Rear rise - 19 1/2"
Inside leg - 30"
Outside leg - 44 1/2"
Cuff - 9 3/4"
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 and washing. They are in very good condition and very fresh overall with a couple of small marks as illustrated in picture 5. 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 good condition.
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