Original 1941 Dated British Army Dispatch Riders Breeches - Size 13
An original pair of 'S.D. Pantaloons, Motor Cyclists' Clearly dated 1941 and in fantastic unissued condition.
These breeches are the early pattern made from a fine lightweight whipcord which are much different to the later issue examples which were made from serge or a heavy corduroy. The feature brass buttons, typical of early items and a first field dressing pocket to the front.
The interior of the breeches features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'P' which denotes 1941 as the year of issue.
The original label is no longer present on the breeches. The War Department acceptance stamp is however and is surmounted by the letter 'P' which denotes 1941 as the year of manufacture. The size is also stamped to the interior of the waist and reads '13'.
When laid flat the breeches measure -
Waist - 16"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 18 1/2"
Inside leg - 26"
Outside leg - 36 1/2"
Calf - 6"
Cuff - 5 1/4"
The breeches are in good condition with some signs of wear and use. They display well overall but have had some repairs to the seat as shown in the pictures. All the buttons are present although one of the cuff buttons is broken but still fastens. They are of course a vintage item of almost 80 years old so may have other small issues consummate with this.
Altogether a good pair of early war breeches which would make a nice addition to any WW2 collection.