A scarce original pair of 1953 Pattern Sateen Combat Trousers dating from 1954 and in good condition.
Whilst at first glance these trousers could pass for 1960 pattern combat trousers, they are in fact its much rarer predecessor. They saw widespread issue during this period as well as in the 1960s. and are now sought-after by collectors.
The trousers are made from a plain olive green coloured cotton satten and feature a First Field Dressing pocket to the right hip and a map pocket to the left thigh. The trousers also have reinforced knees, slash pockets to the hips and belt loops. A metal 'Swift' brand zipper is used to close the fly and is double ended. This pattern of zip was regularly used in British military clothing during the 1950s.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present. It states the year of manufacture as 1954and the size as Size 6 which is designed to fit a 34" - 37" waist. The makers name 'L Silberston & Sons Ltd' is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 18"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 18 1/2"
Inside leg - 29 1/2"
Outside leg - 42 1/2"
Cuff - 10"
The condition of the trousers is very good with only small signs of wear and use. They display very well and are still very wearable but are of course a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
All in all a very clean pair of combat trousers in a good size and with a nice clear label.
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