An original 1946 Dated United States Army Raincoat in good condition.
This short-lived pattern of raincoat was introduced just after the end of the Second World War and was in turn replaced again in 1950 making it an uncommon pattern to find today. Made from Olive Drab coloured sateen, the coat features a double breasted front, waist belt (with plastic buckle), buttoning slash pockets and tabs to each wrist which can be fastened tight around the wrist. These are particularly intersting as they have been designed in a contrasting manner with one on the front of the sleeve and the other on the rear.
The coat is fully lined meaning it has a double layer throughout. Inside one of the pockets the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the garment as 'Overcoat, Field, O D. 7 with Removable Liner' and the size as 'short small'. It was made by 'Popular MFG Co Ink' on the 28th of June 1946 and has the pattern date of 6/6/46 making this an early example.
The coat is designed for a smaller person and when laid flat measures -
Chest - 21 1/2"
Inside arm - 16 1/2"
Outside arm - 23 1/2"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 42"
The coat is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. There are some marks and staining but nothing that shouldn't be expected of a vintage raincoat.
All in all a nice example of this unusual pattern of US Army raincoat. It would look great worn today or could make a good addition to a collection.
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