An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dating from approximately the 1940s and in a size No. 6.
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 to the interior which has sadly had a repair through the middle of the date! The style of label and the internal positioning of it leads me to believe that these are 1940s rather than 1950s. It states the size as No. 6 which is designed to fit someone with a 34-35” waist and 31” 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 - 18”
Rise - 16”
Rear rise - 18 1/2”
Inside leg - 28”
Cuff - 9 1/2”
The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use. There is some staining, mainly to the front of the legs and there is a repair to the front of the waistband as shown in the picture. Overall they are in good conditon for a pair of 1940s work trousers but please bear in mind that they may have small issues consummate with their age.
A nice original pair of trousers in a good size.
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