Original 1953 Dated 1949 Pattern British Khaki Drill Shorts
An original pair of British Military 1949 Pattern Khaki Drill shorts in good condition and dating from 1953.
This pattern of shorts actually came into issue with the Royal Air Force at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'.
The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with their original chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts and trousers offered on the market today. Unlike the 1950 pattern shorts, the 1949 pattern does not feature rear pockets.
Inside the shorts retain their original maker's label which is still legible. The size which is marked as No.7. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is another smaller one which reads 'Fully Shrunk'. The 1953 date is also present.
The War Department acceptance stamp is also stamped to the interior of the shorts in white. It is surmounted by the letter 'L' which denotes 1953 as the year of issue.
Due to the style of the waistband the shorts are slightly adjustable. When fastened they measure -
Waist - 14"
Rise - 15"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 6"
Outside leg - 19"
Cuff - 14"
The shorts are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have clearly been washed and laundered but don't show any real signs of undue wear. There is some minor staining etc. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description.
All in all a nice pair of original 1949 pattern shorts which would make a great addition to any summer wardrobe.
Mid 20th Century