A rare original pair of India made Khaki Drill Mounted breeches in unissued condition, dated 1938.
This pattern of breeches was used by mounted units in serving in hot climates. Whilst at first glance they look to be a standard cut of breeches, they in fact have some interesting details. Made from a khaki coloured whipcord the breeches feature a fishtail back as was popular in the inter-war period. The fly fastens with white metal buttons which are marked either 'A AleeM & Sons 1937' and the same examples are fitted around the waist for braces.
The most interesting detail is the double reinforcement to the inside legs. Whilst breeches commonly have a single section to the inside of each leg, these have another higher up which starts at the crotch and is overlapped by the sections fitted lower down.
The rear of the breeches features a single pleated First Field Dressing pocket made from the same material as the rest of the article. This rear positioning is typical of wartime manufactured KD items.
The interior of the breeches features the standard Indian date stamp with the year of 1938 just legible.
The breeches will fit someone of around a 30" waist and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 15 1/2"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 19 1/2"
Inside leg - 26"
The breeches are in very good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They do not appear to have been issued or worn and display extremely well. The stitching has come away along part of the seam of the leg as detailed in the pictures but I can find no other serious flaws aside from this. They are a vintage item however so may have small issues relating to age.
A very nice pair of early war breeches with an early date and in fantastic condition. A must have for the serious collector!
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