An original pair of 1964 dated British Army 1960 Pattern Combat Trousers in and a size 2.
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 'FLASH' to the front and 'Made in England' to the rear. The original owner has added elastic to the bottom of the trousers - most likely for wear with combat boots.
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 year of manufacture as 1964 and the size as Size 2 - short medium. The makers name 'James Smith & Co. (D) Ltd' is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 17 1/2"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 28 1/2"
Outside leg - 41 1/2"
The condition of the trousers is good with various signs of wear and use. There is some staining, a large repair to the left leg and a small tear to the rear pocket. Overall they display well and look to be very wearable but are a vintage, pre-owned item which may have other small issues commensurate with age.
All in all a good pair of combat trousers with a nice clear label and featuring a typical period modification.
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