An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dated 1955 and in a size No. 4.
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.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is legible. It states the manufacturer's name as 'J & R Redman Ltd' and the date as 1955. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as are the various details pertaining to size. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 191/2"
Rise - 17 1/2"
Rear rise - 19 1/2"
Inside leg - 29"
Outside leg - 43
Cuff - 9"
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 some signs of wear and washing. Please study the pictures to ascertain the best idea of condition.
A nice original pair of 1950s work trousers in good condition.
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