An original pair of 'S.D. Pantaloons, Motor Cyclists' dated 1944 and in good condition.
This pattern of breeches came into service with the British Army in 1941 following a call for motorcyclists to have proper clothing to suit their role. These breeches are made from the heavier whipcord material and feature brown plastic buttons to the fly and around the waist for braces. Frog mouth pockets are situated to the front of the trousers below which is a first field dressing pocket on the right hip. It fastens with a single brown plastic button. Smaller light brown coloured buttons can be found at the calf opening. Above these are buff leather patches stitched to the inside legs which are designed to stop this area from wearing.
The original label is present to the rear of the breeches and is still bright and legible. It states the size as No.3 and the manufacturer as 'L. Silberston & Sons Ltd'. The 1944 date is present overwhich is a pink coloured issue stamp which appears to read 'AUG 1945'. The War Department broad arrow marking is also in evidence.
The interior of the breeches features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1944 as the year of issue.
When laid flat the breeches measure -
Waist - 15"
Rise - 14"
Rear rise - 19"
Inside leg - 23"
Calf - 6"
Opening at bottom of leg - 5"
The breeches are in very good condition as is clear in the pictures. They exhibit next to no signs of wear or use with even the suede thigh patches being relatively free of marks and stains. They are of course a vintage item of almost 80 years old so may have small issues commensurate with this.
A nice pair of original DR Breeches in great condition which are ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
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