An original pair of 1940s CC41 white cotton trousers in good condition.
These trousers were made as part of the CC41 clothing scheme which was introduced in the UK in 1941 with the aim of providing good quality clothing at a price which people from all classes could afford. The scheme ran until 1949 but these trousers most likely date from the earlier part of the decade as there is no cloth number on the label.
The trousers are made from a lightweight cotton drill material which is ideally suited to hot climates and the summer months. They feature a very wide leg and high rise waist which are both hallmarks of trousers from this period and give the wearer a typically period silhouette. The fly fastens with buttons and belt loops are located around the outside edge of the waist. Slash pockets are located to each side seam and there is no rear pocket.
Inside the trousers two labels are present. The larger of the two has been washed out and the original owner has marked his name in ink which reads 'J. Hitchen'. Below this is the CC41 utility label which was fitted to all clothing that was made as part of the utility clothing scheme during the 1940s.
The trousers are a generous size which will suit a taller man with around a 34" waist. When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 17 1/4"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 32"
Outside leg - 45"
Cuff - 10"
The trousers are in very good condition for their age with only limited signs of wear and use. They have clearly been laundered but have been well looked after. There is some staining to the cuffs of the trouser legs which appears to be mud and will most likely wash out. Overall they present very well but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-worn pair of trousers.
All in all a very nice pair of lightweight summer trousers which would make a great addition to any wardrobe or utility clothing collection!
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