An original Royal Navy Duffle Coat in good condition and dating from the 1940-50s.
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 into the mid 1950s and due to the lack of a label is sadly impossible to date exactly. None-the-less it is the correct pattern used during WW2.
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 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.
Inside the coat there is no evidence of any labels being fitted. This is strange as the pattern is identical to military issue examples. It is possible that the label has been removed or it was made in the same factory under a none military contract.
These coats are cut in a large, oversize way as they were designed to be worn over uniform. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 26"
Inside arm - 21 1/2"
Outside arm - 25 1/2"
Shoulders - 20 1/2"
Length - 39"
The coat is in good condition and is still very wearable. There are limited signs of wear and a couple of small moth holes so please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn coat.
A nice example of this design classic in good wearable condition. Own the original!
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