I recently acquired these P44 Frogskin trousers the other day and cannot come to a proper verdict on whether or not they are authentic or repros. I have looked through my books grunt gear and dungarees & frogskins and cannot seem to reach a conclusion. Grunt gear describes them as being second pattern p44's due to the belt slots. One problem I have with these is that the pants have four buttons on the fly whereas all the examples in my books have five buttons. I have seen youtube videos of people having four button fly second patterns and I have also seem some older forum posts on there with the four button fly configuration on second patterns as well.
I also cannot determine if the hbt fabric has that "fuzzy" look that many collectors on here describe as being fake. I am new to collecting these so I cannot tell any help on this would be welcome. Also, the pattern of hbt weave ont he pants seems correct. I realize they used army hbt weave on these, however I do feel as if these are lighter than the korean war era army hbt tunic I have in my collection.
As far as the stitching is concerned, I have posted a photo of the chain stitching on the crotch and up the main seam of the pants. Does this chain stitching pattern look correct? Also,, what throws me off is that the buttons on here are heavily oxidized. Can this be faked? It seems to be promising but also misleading.
Finally, does the camouflage pattern look authentic? Are there any problems? i put the pants up against some 50's hunting repros I have and the p44's seem to have a light green tint to them. Any help on this matter would be highly welcome as I still have a chance to return them. One final thing to note is that the number on the pants seems fake like it has been put on there with a stamp. My grandfather was in the navy from 51-57 and he told me that they would either stamp or write their laundry numbers on their hbt dungarees. This number on the pants seems fake....
Edited by SouthShore 8754, 24 February 2020 - 03:29 PM.