An original pair of Royal Navy Officers Blue Serge Working Dress Trousers dated 1944.
After much resistance from the Admiralty who were very much against the idea of officers of the Royal Navy wearing Battledress, this pattern of trousers was introduced alongside the matching blouse in January 1944. Made from a very dark blue dyed serge wool, the trousers feature slash pockets to each hip, two rear pockets, a button fly and brace buttons around the top of the waist. The trousers are cut in keeping with the fashion of the period having a high rise waist and wide leg.
The original label is still present to the rear of the trousers and is still bright and legible. The label bears the title 'Admiralty Blue Serge Working Dress Trousers OFFICER'S' and the size of No. 12. The manufacturer's name of 'H. Lottery & Co. Ltd' is located at the bottom of the label as is the date of 1944.
The trousers will suit someone of around a 34" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 17 1/4"
Rise - 17"
Rear rise - 22"
Inside leg - 27 1/2" (2" extra to let down)
Outside leg - 42"
Cuff - 9"
The trousers are in good condition on the whole but have some large period darn repairs to the crotch and a couple of small moth nips to the bottom of one of the legs. These flaws don't overly detract from the trousers which are still very wearable. Please note that these are far from perfect but good original trousers nonetheless.
All in all a nice original pair of Royal Navy officers battledress trousers with a good clear wartime date. These would make a nice addition to any collection.
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