An original pair of British Military 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill shorts in good condition and dated 1961.
This pattern of shorts came into issue with British forces at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'.
The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with their original chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts and trousers offered on the market today. The position of the buckles has been changed by moving them from the side of the hip to further around to the front of the shorts. This is a modification which was carried out from time to time.
Inside the shorts retain their original maker's label which is still partly legible and states the size as 12 and the year of manufacture as 1961. The maker's name of 'W. Fieldman & Co., Ltd' is also present.
Due to the style of the waistband the shorts are slightly adjustable. When fastened they measure -
Waist - 17 1/2"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 17"
Inside leg - 11"
Outside leg - 25"
Cuff - 13"
The shorts are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. Overall the shorts appear to be very clean and are totally wearable but please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are pre-owned, vintage shorts which may have small issues commensurate with age.
All in all a nice pair of original 1950 pattern shorts which would make a great addition to any collection or summer wardrobe.
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