Original 1958 Dated French Army TAP 47/56 Lizard Camouflage Trousers

Original 1958 Dated French Army TAP 47/56 Lizard Camouflage Trousers

Code: 55881

£275.00 Approx $342.47, €320.14
 

An original pair of French Army Parachutist's TAP 47/56 Lizard Camouflage combat trousers which are in stunning unworn condition.

This pattern of trousers is the 1956 modification of the original model 1947 pattern. They were issued to parachutist's during the Algerian War amongst other places and feature the now iconic lizard pattern camouflage. In 1946 the French military decided to design a new camouflage uniform for its army. Based on British and American designs used in the Second World War, this pattern of camouflage takes a lot of its influence from the brushstroke camouflage of the Denison smock worn by British soldiers during the Second World War.

The trousers have large cargo pockets to the side of each leg which fasten with press studs and feature an inverted box pleat which allows them to expand. Slash pockets are located at the waist and also fasten with press studs whilst the fly fastens with buttons. Belt loops are fitted around the waist and there are side adjusters, one to each side of the hips. The cuff features a drawstring which allows it to be pulled tight around the boots. The trousers come complete with their matching braces which are also made in the Lizard camo material. These are very rare and usually missing from trousers offered for sale today.

Inside the trousers some of the original markings are still present including the maker's stamp with the place name of 'Toulouse' still visible and the date stamp of 1958.  There is also a white size label which bears the size of 35.

The trousers will suit someone of a 35" waist and when laid flat they measure - 

Waist - 18 1/2"
Rise - 15 1/4"
Rear rise - 18 1/2"
Inside leg - 32 1/2"
Outside leg - 46"
Cuff - 9"

The trousers are in fantastic condition with no signs of wear or age. The camouflage is still a nice vibrant colour and not faded or washed out. They could be described as 'deadstock' as they are still extremely fresh and display very well indeed. The trousers are totally wearable but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small issues commensurate with age. 

A fine pair of camouflage pants which would be very hard to improve on.