An original pair of 1950 pattern Drill Green trousers dating from 1955 and in a larger size No. 10.
This pattern of trousers with the cross belt waist came into issue with British forces in 1944. It stayed in use well into the 1970s under different designations including '1950 pattern'. The waist belt was designed to be adjustable to account for the wearer losing weight in hot climates. This style is now often referred to as 'Gurkha pants'.
The trousers are made from a green coloured cotton drill material and feature a twin pleated front, slash pockets to the hips, twin rear pockets and a map pocket to the left leg. The fly fastens with green plastic buttons as do the pockets and the waist belts fasten with the correct pattern of chrome plated single prong buckles.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is legible. It bears the title of 'Trousers, Drill Green SCC15, 1950 Pattern' as well as the size of 8 which is designed to fit a 34" - 36" waist. The maker's name is a rare one and reads 'Pepperberg Ltd'. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is the 1953 date. Adjacent to the label is the War Department inspection stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M'.
The trousers will suit around a 33" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 16 1/2"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Inside leg - 31"
Outside leg - 44"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear and use. There is some light staining etc but overall they appear to be very wearable. There is a notable stain to the right leg as well as some slight stitch loss to the seat although this is only a single row meaning the trousers are still sound and wearable as this is not a hole. Please take time to study the pictures and remember that these are a pre-owned, vintage pair of trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A desirable pair of vintage military trousers with a nice clear label.
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