An original pair of original 1950 pattern Drill Green trousers in good condition and dated 1953.
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 brown vegetable ivory (plastic) buttons as do the rear pockets. The waist belts fasten with grip style buckles rather than the single prong style.
Inside the trousers the original label is no longer present although there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'L' which denotes 1953 as the year of issue.
The trousers will suit around a 29" waist and when laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 14 1/2"
Rise - 16"
Rear rise - 17"
Inside leg - 28"
Outside leg - 41 1/2"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
The trousers are in very good condition with only limited signs of wear or use. They do not appear to have been laundered or worn and have a very fresh appearance on the whole. There are a couple of light marks which are visible in the pictures but aside from that are an excellent example. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that they are a pre-owned vintage item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A very nice pair of this hard to find pattern of trousers.
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