An original pair of original 1950 pattern Drill Green trousers in excellent condition which are dated 1966.
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 wearer losing weight in hot climates. This style is now often referred to as 'Gurkha pants'.
The trousers are made from a green coloured cotton drill material and feature a twin pleated front, slash pockets to the hips, twin rear pockets and a map pocket to the left leg. The fly fastens with green plastic buttons as do the pockets and the waist belts fasten with the correct chromium plated single prong buckles.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It is an interesting label which appears to be for a tailor made pair of trousers as they bear the original owner's name. They still have the same title of 'Trouser Drill Green 1950 Pattern' along with the maker's name of 'H. Edgard & Sons Ltd'. Being a specially made size they do not have a size number but instead just measurements. The 1966 manufacture date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow.
The trousers will suit around a 36" waist and when laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 18 1/4"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 29 1/2"
Outside leg - 42 1/2"
Cuff - 10"
The trousers are in excellent condition with no signs of wear or use. They do not appear to have been washed and overall display very well and are still very wearable. Please take time to study the pictures and remember that these are a pre-owned, vintage pair of trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A very nice pair of this hard to find pattern of trousers in a large size. Not only that but the condition is fantastic which means these trousers would be very hard to better.