An original pair of 1942 dated 'Trousers, Drab' in a size 2.
These windproof trousers were introduced in 1942 along with the matching smock which was made in the same material. Based on the same design as the denim smock and trousers and produced in two different but similar materials; these examples are made from the mottled coloured 'salt and pepper', lighter weight gabardine fabric. The trousers feature a drawstring waist and a map pocket to the front which fastens with a chocolate brown coloured plastic button - the same as used on battledress. Both the knees and the seat feature reinforcement sections.
The original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Trousers, Windproof, Drab' below which is the size of 2. The maker's name of 'Denham (1933) Ltd is also present as is the 1942 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. Inside the waistband the War Department acceptance stamp is also still present and is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of issue.
The trousers are designed to be worn over a uniform so they are cut in a loose manner. The draw string allows the waist to be pulled in and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 21"
Rise - 16"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 30"
Outside leg - 44 1/2"
Cuff - 10"
The overall condition of the trousers is good and they are still very wearable with no serious damage or flaws. There is some staining however which is apparent in the pictures. Overall the trousers are bright and fresh although there are some marks etc. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-owned item which have some flaws commensurate with age.
A good original pair of windproof trousers with a nice clear date!