An original pair of 'Trousers, Drab' which were made in 1942.
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 lighter weight gabardine fabric rather than the mottled coloured 'salt and pepper' type. The trousers feature a drawstring waist and a map pocket to the front which fastens with a chocolate brown coloured plastic button - typical of mid-war manufacture. Both the knees and the seat feature reinforcement sections.
The original label is still present to the rear of the trousers and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Trousers, Drab' below which is the size of 3 which is intended to fit a 36" - 37" waist. The maker's name of 'C.W.S Ltd' which denotes the Co-operative Wholesale Society as the maker. Also present is the War Department broad arrow.
Inside the trousers feature the War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 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 1/2"
Rise - 16 1/4"
Rear rise - 20"
Inside leg - 32"
Outside leg - 46 1/2"
Cuff - 10 3/4"
The trousers are in good condition with some signs of wear or use. There is some light staining as can be seen in the pictures but overall they display well and are totally wearable. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing however and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-worn ite which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very good original pair of windproof trousers in great condition complete with all of their original labels and stamps.
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