An original pair of 1950 Pattern British Khaki Drill Trousers in good condition, dated 1963.
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 wear losing weight in hot climates. This style is now often referred to as 'Gurkha pants'.
The trousers are made from the standard khaki coloured cotton drill used for British KD items during the Second World War as well as in the following two decades. They are cut with a high rise waist and the fly fastens with green plastic buttons whilst the waist fastens with single prong buckles which are held onto the trousers with plastic buttons. The front of the trousers features twin pleats and a large map pocket is located to the left leg.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is bright and legible. The size is stated as No. 6 and the maker's name 'W. Martyn (Keighley) Ltd' is also present. Below this is the 1963 date and the War Department broad arrow. To the right of this is a second label which reads 'Fully Shrunk', as is commonly found inside this pattern of trousers.
The trousers will suit around a 28" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 14"
Rise - 13"
Rear rise - 16"
Inside leg - 29"
Outside leg - 39"
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear and use. Overall they are very fresh and clean but there are some light marks as illustrated in the pictures. Please study the pictures and remember that these are a vintage, pre worn pair of trousers, which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice original pair of trousers in a highly sought-after style.
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