An original men's overcoat which was made for drivers and conductors working for Ribble Motor Services during the 1950s.
Ribble Motor Service was a large and well known bus operator in the North of England. Based in Preston, this company ran from the early 1920s into the 1980s. This coat was produced for an employee who worked on the buses in the 1950s. It is made from a heavy black coloured serge wool and features a heavy herringbone striped wool blanket lining to the interior making it a very heavy and warm coat - designed to be worn on buses with no heating! It features a double breasted front which fastens with metal 'staybrite' buttons which feature the company name 'Ribble'. The company name is also embroidered in red to each side of the collar. There are three pockets to the front which all feature faux leather reinforcing. More faux leather is fitted to each cuff which gives the coat a typical work feel.
Inside the coat there is a partial lining. This is made from a striking grey coloured herringbone wool which contrasts strongly against the flat colour used for the exterior of the coat. The original paper label is still present to the interior and is typical of those found in work clothing from the first half of the 20th Century. It bears the maker's name of 'Briggs Jones & Gibson Ltd' and also states 'Ribble Motors Driver/Conductor'. The size is also stated as 21 which is designed to fit a 42" chest.
The coat will suit a 40" - 42" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat it measure -
Chest - 23 1/2"
Inside arm - 19 1/2"
Outside arm - 27"
Shoulders - 19 1/2"
Length at back - 47"
The coat is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and age. It is still very wearable and displays well but please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A great original 1950s workwear overcoat with some lovely details. This is a very well built coat and is guaranteed to be very warm!