An original 1952 Pattern British Army Officers Rubberized Macintosh Raincoat in used condition and dating from 1955.
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. Below this is a care label which the original owner has added his name in ink which reads 'Seager'. The manufacturer's label can be found further down, affixed to the skirt. It states the size as 16 which is designed to fit someone of around 5' 11" tall with a 36'' - 37" chest. The makers name 'Greengate & Irwell Rubber Co. Ltd.' is present as is the 1955 date and the War Department broad arrow marking.
When laid flat the coat measures -
Chest - 23"
Inside arm - 19 1/4"
Outside arm - 27"
Length - 49"
Shoulders - 18 3/4"
The overall condition of the coat is good as can be seen in the photographs. It is still soft and pliable although there are some marks and limited staining. The coat is very wearable and looks great but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn, vintage coat which may have small issues commensurate with age.
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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