An original pair British Army 1960 Pattern Combat Trousers in a size 8 which date from the late 1960s.
This pattern of trousers came into use with the British Army in the 1960s and were based on the 1952 Pattern uniform issued to British troops serving in Korea. These trousers would have been issued as part of a set which included a matching combat jacket.
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 double ended metal zipper closes the fly and is marked 'NZ' to the front.
Inside the trousers both original labels are still present. One label is an instruction label whilst the other is the issue label. The label states the size as Size 8 and the makers name 'James Smith & Co (Derby) Ltd' is also present. There is also an A/78 contract number which dates the trousers to the late 1960s.
The trousers will suit a 36" waist and when laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 18 1/2"
Rise - 17"
Rear rise - 20"
Inside leg - 34"
Outside leg - 49 1/2"
Cuff - 9"
The condition of the trousers is good as can be seen in the pictures. They are very wearable and display well enough but do have signs of wear and use. This is most notable to the rear of the cuffs. They are a vintage, pre-owned item which may have other small issues commensurate with age.
A good example of this pattern of combat trousers with a nice clear label and in a large size.
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