An original pair of British Army 1946 Pattern Battledress trousers in excellent condition and in a good size 34 x 31.5.
These trousers came into issue in 1946 replacing the 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers, although the pattern was hardly changed. The only real difference is that inside the waistband there are twice as many brace buttons as in the 1940 pattern!
The trousers look the same as wartime austerity pattern trousers from the outside featuring a large map pocket to the left thigh, First Field Dressing pocket and rear pocket - all with exposed buttons. There are also two buttons to the rear which attach the blouse to the trousers. All the buttons are the butterscotch coloured which are less common than the brown and green buttons.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and states the size as No.11 which is designed to fit a 33-34" wasit. The manufacturer's name is marked as 'Clarence Clothing Co' below which is the 1947 date. This issue stamp reads October 1947 and the original owner has marked his name in blue which reads 'Bates'. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp to the waist band although it is quite faint.
The trousers will suit around a 34" waist and a 31 1/2" leg depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 17"
Inside leg - 31 1/2"
The trousers are in great condition as can be seen from the photographs and display very well. There are some signs of age and wear etc which is to be expected. Please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a vintage pair of pre-owned trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
These trousers are ideal to fill a gap in a ww2 collection or for a re-enactor as they are identical to wartime pattern trousers from the outside.
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