An original pair of 1940s men's striped work trousers made in Reims in France in the 1940s.
This style of trousers was very popular during the 1930s and 1940s as workwear in France and can also be seen in many period photographs of the French Resistance and Maquis units. They are made from a black wool which features a white pinstriped pattern. They feature a pleated front, slash pockets to the hips and a single rear pocket. The waistband is fairly deep and features two exposed buttons which is an interesting detail. The rear of the trousers features a cinchback belt and buckle as were often fitted to work trousers of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the 1940s although it was less common by this point. The fly fastens with buttons and more buttons are fitted around the inside of the waistband to which braces can be fitted. All the buttons are marked 'A. Cassan Reims' who would have made these trousers.
The trousers have had a small section of balck material added to the rear seam to let them out. This could be removed to make them smaller but currently they will suit someone of around a 34" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 17 1/2"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 31 1/2"
Outside leg - 45"
The trousers are in good condition for their age and appear to be very wearable. There are some period repairs and a small tear to the side seam of the leg as detailed in the pictures. Overall they present well but may have other small issues commensurate with their age.
A classic pair of French Workwear trousers with some typical pre-war features!
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