An incredibly rare and unissued pair of WW1 British Army Service Dress Simplified Trousers, the only pair I have ever encountered.
Information on these British made Trousers is sparse and I have to rely on the brief description given by Chris Pollendine for some of the general information on the pattern which it seems was introduced in October 1914 to replace the standard Service Dress Trousers as an economy measure. He goes on to say that the previous pattern was reintroduced in June 1915 which perhaps explains why this pair was never issued.
Overall condition is excellent with just one obvious moth hole on the left leg which I have shown in the images. An obvious feature of the pattern is the lack of side pockets and the presence of one small bag pocket sewn into the waistband on the right side. The fly is closed by five dished brass buttons and six identical buttons are arranged around the waistband for suspenders.
The original 1915 dated paper label to the Limerick Clothing Factory remains in place and I understand the use of the word “Tartan” in the nomenclature “Simplified Tartan Drab Service Dress” relates only to a mix in the cloth.
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