An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers in unworn condition and a size 7.
This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period.
This particular pair still retain their original manufactures label the exterior of the seat. It states the size as No. 7 which is designed to fit someone with a 32-34" waist and 33" inside leg. It is important to remember that these are designed to fit over the wool battledress trousers so need to be worn oversize for an authentic fit. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 19"
Rise - 18 1/2"
Rear rise - 21"
Inside leg - 34"
Cuff - 10"
The label also bears the manufacturers name ''James Smith & Co. (Derby) Ltd' and the War Department broad arrow marking. The date has been obliterated but the trousers will almost certainly date from the early 1950s.
The trousers are in excellent condition for their age and appear to have never been issued or worn. The denim material is still bright and stiff with no signs of washing and overall they are in new old stock condition.
A very nice original pair denim trousers in a good, larger size and fantastic condition.
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