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RARE BUCKLE-BACK Vintage 1940s Well-Worn Swedish Armed Forces Workwear Indigo Blue Denim Button-Fly Cotton Shorts -- Choose Your Pair!

Regular price $135.00 CAD
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•Highlights: these pieces of history are though to date WWII and shortly thereafter; Sweden remained neutral during the war, but built up a lot of uniform surplus in preparation to help the allies to liberate Denmark and Norway in 1945 (‘Operation Save Denmark') as well as to provide humanitarian aid during the conflict itself

fyi: we do not have that many of these with the buckle-back! 

cute classic cut that suits all genders; hip pockets; high waist with variant metal BUCKLE-BACK to easily cinch waist in about 2"; suspender buttons; early plastic or metal button fly; all of these are same style as the examples shown, but there are small natural variations throughout the group; these were worn in the era and broken in by individuals who owned and cared for them; you can't fake patinas and fades like this!

we've hand-selected the best examples in terms of character and aesthetics from a larger group

•Colors: various shades of indigo blue -- group photo gives an idea of the range

•Fabric(s): nice soft broken-in cotton denim, very much like French workwear and chore coats

•Lined: no

•Closures: front button fly

•Designer/Labels: some have stamps or notations inside and a few have the really cool Swedish three crown (tre kronor) emblem embroidered on rear waistband

All accessories (belts, jewelry, crinolines, pins, etc.) are for style inspiration only unless indicated.


These are the taut measurements of the garment taken flat and doubled. Be sure to take your waist measurement at the top of the short's rise (center crotch measured up to waist). Add a little wiggle room for a great comfy fit! The rear cincher buckle can be used to nip the waist smaller by around 2" so do take this into account with sizing (e.g. 26" would become around a 24" waist when cinched).

Measure the rise against your body to see where the waist will hit on you, then encircle this area with your measuring tape and add a little room. You can simulate fit of the short's various dimensions by encircling them with the tape using these measurements.

Size 26

Waist about 26" UNCINCHED
Hips about 42"
Inseam about 5"
Rise about 13"

Size 28

Waist about 28" UNCINCHED
Hips about 43"
Inseam about 5"
Rise about 13"

Size 29

Waist about 29" UNCINCHED
Hips about 43"
Inseam about 5"
Rise about 13"

Size 30

Waist about 30" UNCINCHED
Hips about 43"
Inseam about 5 1/2"
Rise about 13"

Size 30+ (bigger hips)

Waist about 30" UNCINCHED
Hips about 44"/45"
Inseam about 5 1/2" - 6"
Rise about 13"

Size 31

Waist about 31" UNCINCHED
Hips about 43"
Inseam about 5"
Rise about 13"

Size 32

Waist about 32" UNCINCHED
Hips about 44"
Inseam about 5"
Rise about 14"


Good to very good shape 70+ year old workwear pieces. Each worn and cared for by an individual in the Swedish armed forces. No two exactly alike.

Various levels of fade, distressing, paint flecks, and minor beauty marks. Rarely, they may have a carefully hand-done in-era mend (something small). We culled out any that aren't COOL and aesthetic.

Let us pick you a great pair in your size from this hand-selected group! 

Bulk-laundered. These iron/press well, and are priced very fairly for older denim pieces. Great for military collectors, reenactors, early workwear collectors, and fans of older vintage denim with character.


Our pieces are true vintage with a history and a past life, not newly made reproductions. Please be familiar with vintage clothing and read over our shop policies before purchasing. We are happy to answer any questions you might have to help you with online purchasing.

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