An original pair of 'Trousers, Snow Suit' dated 1942 and in good condition.
These trousers were designed to be worn with the matching snow smock and are made from the same hard wearing cotton twill as the jacket. They feature a drawstring waist and map pocket to the front whilst the knee area is reinforced with a second layer of cotton twill. The map pocket fastens with a chocolate brown button which is typical of items manufactured in 1942.
They were issued throughout the war to various British units and also some American units (including airborne) in the Ardennes. The design is the same as was used for the denim, drab and camouflage windproof sets.
The original label is still present at the rear of the trousers but has been washed out, as is often the case. They do however feature a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter '0' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue.
The trousers are designed to be worn over a uniform so are therefore cut in an oversize manner. When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 21"
Rise - 17"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 31"
Outside leg - 45 1/2"
Cuff - 10 1/4"
The trousers are in reasonable condition for their age but they do have some stains. They are not heavily worn or damaged but have clearly been worn as can be seen in the pictures. Please take time to study these and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
All in all a good example in many respects. These could suit both a collector or re-enactor well!