A scarce original pair of British Officers Khaki Drill Trousers dating from the Great War and in good condition.
The trousers were made by 'Hawkes & Co' of Savile Row as is stated on both the buttons and the label. The label has a number of clues in it which help date the trousers manufacture date to between approximately 1912 and 1917. The address on the label is No.1 Savile Row which the company moved into in 1912 meaning they have to date from after this. The address also states merely 'W', predating the addition of the 1 numeral which was added in 1917 when all areas became numbered. Due to this these are almost certainly a wartime made pair of trousers.
The trousers are cut in the same style as the 'overall' trousers worn by Officers in this period. They were the preferred style of many cavalry regiments and feature a high rise with a small ticket pocket let into the top seam, a narrow leg with just a 7" cuff and a button in strap which fits around the wears boot. The trousers are made from the standard khaki coloured cotton drill material used for British KD and retain all of the original buttons. These are all marked with the makers name.
The trousers will fit someone of around a 30" waist and 31" leg and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 30 1/2"
Rise - 14"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 31 1/2"
Cuff - 7"
The trousers are in very good condition considering they are over 100 years old. They show only limited signs of wear and use and still appear to be very strong and wearable. They are of course a pre-owned pair of vintage trousers so may have small issues commensurate with their vintage.
A rare pair of early Khaki Drill trousers in good condition and dating from the Great War. They would no doubt make a fine addition to any WW1 collection!
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