An original pair of French Army officers' trousers clearly dated 1912.
This pattern of trousers was used by officers of French Army in the early 20th Century and for the first two years of the First World War. In France they are know as 3rd Republic officers' trousers as they symbolise the period from the Franco Prussian War through to the Great War. They are now synonymous with the first two years of the Great War.
The trousers are made from a bright red coloured wool and feature a wide black stripe to each leg. The deep waistband and exposed top fly buttons as well as the depth of the lining in the waist are typical of French military tailoring from this period. All the buttons are marked 'Manchon & Filloux Paris' which matches the name on the tailors label. A cinch back belt and buckle is present to the rear which is another common feature of early trousers. To the rear of this the original tailors label is still present and bears the makers name, the customers name 'Godinot' and the date of March 1912.
The trousers will fit someone of around a 32" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measures -
Waist - 16 1/2"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 30 1/2"
Outside leg - 42 1/2"
Cuff - 8"
The trousers are in reasonable condition overall, especially considering that they are over 100 years old. They display well but do have a number of holes which can be seen in the pictures. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that these are not a mint condition item.
A good pair of iconic Great War trousers with a nice, clear and early date. This would make a great addition to any WW1 Collection without a doubt!
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