An original pair of original 1950 pattern Drill Green trousers in good condition and clearly dated 1954.
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 non standard gripper buckles.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is bright and legible. The maker's name is stated as 'Alfred Polikof (Wales) Ltd' and the 1954 date and War Department broad arrow markings are also present. The size is stated as No. 3 which is designed to fit a 30" - 31" waist. When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 14"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Inside leg - 28 1/2"
Outside leg - 41 1/2"
Cuff - 10"
The trousers are in good condition with limited signs of wear or use. They have been washed and have minor staining, but overall display well and are still very wearable. 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 very nice pair of this hard to find pattern of trousers, complete with a great label!