An original Second World War Officers Greatcoat which belonged to a Royal Artillery officer, 130273 T J Piercy. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in 1940 and made Lieutenant in late 1944 before being made up to captain in September of 1943. His records show he fought in North West Europe (including D-Day) and was mentioned in dispatches.
This pattern of coat was used for many years by British Officers from the time of the Great War all the way through to the 1950s. This particular example has all the hallmarks of a WW2 period example. It is made from a heavy khaki melton wool fabric and lined with rayon. It features two flapped pockets to the outside and a half belt to the rear. The coat is fitted with brass kings crown Royal Artillery buttons and there is evidence of where rank stars were fitted to each epaulette. A particularly nice feature is the Royal Artillery Arm of Service stripes which are fitted to the top of each sleeve. These are typically seen on early - mid war coats.
Inside the coat the original label is still present and bears the maker's name of 'Simpson' along with the graphics the company used during WW2. The original owner's name has been added in ink.
The coat is a smaller size which will fit around a 34-36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 20 1/2"
Inside arm - 19 1/2"
Outside arm - 27 1/4"
Shoulders - 17 1/2"
Length - 50"
The coat is in very good condition for its age with some signs of wear and use. There is no serious damage that I can find and overall it displays very well indeed. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small issues consummate with its age.
A nice original officers greatcoat in good condition which has wartime provenance and the potential for further research.