Original British Army Denim Battledress Trousers
An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers in good condition.
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 no longer retains its manufacturer's label meaning it is impossible to date them exactly. This pattern was introduced in 1942 and was produced into the mid 1950s meaning they date from somewhere in this time frame.
The trousers will suit around a 32" - 34" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure -
Waist - 17"
Rise - 17"
Rear rise - 20 1/2"
Inside leg - 32 1/2"
Outside leg - 46"
Cuff - 9 1/2"
It is worth noting that for an authentic fit these should be worn oversize as they are designed to be worn over a uniform. With this in mind I would suggest they would be a good fit on a 32" waist.
The trousers are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They only show some signs of wear and use, and have clearly been laundered which has softened the denim material. There is staining to the bottom of the trouser legs although this looks like it will most likely wash out. Overall they are a very nice example which display well.
A very nice pair of original Denim Battledress Trousers!
Mid 20th Century, WW2