An original pair of New Zealand made Battledress trousers dating from 1942 and in good condition.
These trousers are closely modelled on the first pattern of battledress produced in Great Britain from 1938 until the middle of 1940. Like all Commonwealth made battledress items, these trousers have their own unique features. The hue of the serge wool is slightly different to that of British made examples and the lining material is also magainly different. The trousers feature belt loops around the waist, a button fly and a single pleat first field dressing pocket to the right hip. All the buttons are stamped brass examples, the same as used on British made battledress in the first couple of years of the war.
Inside the trousers the original markings are still present. The large, oval shape stamp which is usually found on New Zealand made items is present to the waistband. It bears the New Zealand War Department marking on the date of February 1942. A second stamp bears the maker's name of 'Cathie & Sons LTd' as well as the size of 1.
The trousers will fit a maximum of a 29" waist and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 14 1/2"
Inside leg - 29"
The trousers are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. Overall they display well and have no serious flaws but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
All in all a nice pair of mid war dated trousers in very wearable condition!
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