An original pair of 1940s British corduroy breeches made as part of the CC41 utility clothing scheme which was brought into effect in the UK in 1941 as part of the larger rationing scheme. The idea behind it was that affordable, quality clothing would be available to everyone of every class and could be bought using coupons.
The breeches are made from a caramel coloured corduroy material, typical of the period. It is a hard wearing material which is ideally suited to various outdoor pursuits. The legs fasten around the calf with laces and they feature a button fly with more buttons are fitted around the waist to which braces can be attached - another typical period feature. Frog mouth pockets are fitted to the front whilst there is a single pocket to the rear.
Inside the trousers feature a partial lining of khaki cotton drill. To this is stitched the CC41 label which is a simple printed example and bears the cloth number of 3102.
The breeches are a generous size which will suit a 36" waist well. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 18"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 20 1/2"
Inside leg - 24 1/2"
Outside leg - 36 1/2"
Cuff - 5 1/2"
Calf - 6 1/2"
The breeches are in good condition with some limited signs of previous wear and use. There are no serious flaws or areas of damage but there is some staining etc. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice pair of original 1940s breeches, complete with the CC41 label.
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