An original civilian made duffle coat in good condition and dating from the 1950s.
This style of coat was first used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. The design was extremely popular leading to them becoming a popular coat in the post-war years with civilians. Whilst some people bought ex-military examples from army surplus or similar, many bought them new from private manufacturers. This example would appear to be the later and is typical of those made in the 1950s.
Like its military counterpart the coat is made from a thick, heavy camel hair wool which 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 and two large patch pockets are located at the front of the coat. The design is extremely close to the military examples it is based on.
These coats are cut in a large, oversize manner as they were designed to be worn over uniform originally. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 24 1/2"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 18 3/4"
Length - 40"
The coat is in good condition and is still very wearable. There is limited staining and various signs of wear including some light moth grazing to the rear of the shoulder as shown in the pictures. 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.
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