An original 1952 Pattern British Army Officers Rubberized Macintosh Raincoat in used condition.
The style of this raincoat is totally unchanged from those of the 1930s and 1940s and it could easily pass as one if it wasn't for the fact that it is clearly a 1952 pattern coat. The War Department approved this pattern of raincoat in the early 1950s and called it the 1952 pattern although it is essentially just a civilian 1930-40s raincoat. It also looks the same as those worn by British Officers during the Second World War.
The coat is made from a heavy rubberised material designed to keep the rain off and is half lined with a very period plaid cotton. The coat features a belt made from matching material and a leather covered buckle which is in good condition. An inside pocket can be found below which is a small belt with metal painted eyelets which fits into a corresponding buckle on either side of the coat to keep it done up and in shape from the inside. Two triangular vent sections featuring brass eyelets can also be found under each armpit.
Inside the coat there is a section of plaid check wool which constitutes as a half lining and features a typical period colourway. There is evidence of where the original labels would have been glued in but have since been removed.
The coat is a small size which will fit around a 34" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 21 1/2"
Inside arm - 15"
Outside arm - 23 1/2"
Length - 42 1/2"
Shoulders - 17"
The overall condition of the coat is good as can be seen in the photographs. There are marks and stains however as this is a vintage and pre-worn item, so please study the photographs. There is also some hardening to the sleeves which have a slightly crispy feel in some areas and there is wear to the end of the cuff. There is also a small hole to the rear as pictured. It still appears to be a very wearable item but please bear in mind that it has plenty of signs of wear and age which is relfected in the price.
All in all, a good original Macintosh raincoat in a small size and complete with its original belt. This would be an ideal addition to a period suit or British Army Officers impression.
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