An original pair of Royal Navy Action Working Dress trousers dating from the 1960s and in good condition.
This pattern of trousers was used for a number of years by the Royal Navy but is rare to find today. The Action Working Dress uniform was introduced at the tail end of WW2 as a working dress. This pattern of trousers was worn with a shirt made from a light blue cotton and was clearly based on the US Navy chambray shirt and dungarees. This dress became the standard working dress in the post-war period and was often referred to as No.8 Dress.
The trousers are made from an indigo blue coloured cotton drill. Buttons fasten the fly and large belt loops are fitted around the waist. A single rear pocket is found to the seat and slash pockets are located to the hips. The trousers would have originally had the cross belt waist fastening although this has been removed giving the trousers a more traditional straight front. The only evidence of the conversion is the small opening to the left side of the waistband which one of the cross belts would have passed through originally. Inside the trouser leg the original label is still present but has been washed out leaving no details legible.
The trousers are a smaller size which will suit around a 30" waist. When laid flat measure they measure -
Waist - 15 1/4"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Inside leg - 29"
Outside leg - 41 3/4"
Cuff - 8 1/4"
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear and use. Overall they display well and are very wearable but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
A rare pair of vintage British military work trousers in nice condition.
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