An original Royal Navy Duffle Coat dating from the late 1970s to early 1980s.
This pattern of coat was introduced during the Second World War. It replaced the earlier version which had brass pop studs around the hood. This was done as an economy measure and was left unchanged post-war. These coats stayed in production for many years with the example being between 1979 and 1980 based on the contract number.
Duffle coats became extremely popular post-war with civilians wearing original ex-military examples such as this. They were also made by a wide variety of manufacturers during the 50s, 60s and 70s for commercial sale. This is the original however which they were all based on!
The coat is made from a thick, heavy camel hair wool which was used as it is very warm. The coat fastens with four wooden toggles to the front and features tabs which fasten at the wrists. There is also a hood which features a cotton drill tape which is fitted inside the front edge and buttons to the inside of the coat. It has a number of positions meaning the wearer can pull the hood down tightly onto their head. All buttons are white plastic examples.
Inside the coat the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Coats, Duffel, Drab with hood attached', the makers name of 'Remploy Limited' and the size of 1. The contract number of CT3B/739 dates the coat to the late 1970s or early 1980s. A previous owner has marked his name in blue ink across the label which reads 'L CPL THOMAS'.
Being a size 1 this is the smallest size coat issued and would have been designed for someone of around a 36" - 38" chest. They are however cut in a wide, loose manner to allow them to be worn as an outer layer over a uniform. Due to this it is possible that the coat will fit larger chest sizes. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 27"
Inside arm - 21 1/2"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 21"
Length - 39 1/2"
The coat is in worn condition but is still sound and wearable. There is wear particularly to the cuffs and the top of the patch pockets and there is some limited staining. Overall the coat has a great look and is still very wearable. Please study the pictures before purchasing.
A nice example of this design classic in good wearable condition. Own the original!
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