An original pair of 1954 Dated British Denim Battledress Trousers in a size 7.
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.
The original label is still present inside the trousers and bears the title of 'Overalls Denim Trousers'. Below this the size is marked as 7 and the 1954 date, maker's name and War Deparment broad arrow marking are also all present. When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 17"
Rise - 16 1/2"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 31 1/2"
Outside leg - 45"
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 good condition with some limited signs of wear or washing. They display well and are totally wearable with no serious flaws or damage. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that they are a vintage item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original pair of 1950s work trousers in good condition.
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