An original US Army l950 Pattern OG 107 US Army Raincoat dated 1953 and in a size Regular Small.
This pattern of raincoat came into issue in 1950 and remained virtually unchanged from its 1940s counterpart. They saw issue throughout the Korean War as well as the Vietnam War with this being an earlier example.
The coat is made from a green cotton sateen which is a highly waterproof material and was popular during the mid century period for this reason. The coat is cut in a typical raincoat / mackintosh style which was prevalent from the 1930s through to the 1950s. The coat features a double breasted closure to the front which fastens with brown US Army style buttons. A belt is fitted around the waist and fastens with a metal buckle which has been painted the same shade of brown as found on the buttons. Two pocket flaps are located to each side of the coat which can be fastened with buttons. Through these flaps the wearer's hand can pass to the clothes worn underneath or into large pocket bags. The cuffs feature a button and tab arrangement, epaulettes are fitted to the shoulders and the collar features a tab which fastens around the wearer's throat.
Inside the pocket of the raincoat the original label is still present and is bright and legible. The official title is 'Overcoat Cotton, O.G. 107 With Removable Wool Liner' and the size as 'REG. SMALL'. The manufacturer's name of 'P.L.S. Coat & Suit Corp' is present as is the manufacture date of 27th of June 1953.
As stated the coat is designed to fit someone of a small regular build. These coats are generously cut as they are designed to be worn as an outer layer. When laid flat the coat measures -
Chest - 20"
Inside arm - 19 1/4"
Outside arm - 25"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 45"
The coat is in worn condition as can be seen in the pictures. There is a button missing to the front and another to the cuff, there is some staining (notably to the front, as pictured) and there is a small areas where the stitching has come away long the sleeve seam where it joins the sleeve tab, again pictured. It is still wearable but please bear in mind that it is a vintage item with some flaws.
A classic mid century raincoat with some great features, typical of the era. These coats are very well made and will undoubtedly last for many, many years. This would make a great addition to any wardrobe!
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