An original Swedish Army M1909 Parka Overcoat dating from the 1940s.
These coats have become an iconic item today and have featured in numerous films and other places in popular culture. They are called 'Livpäls' by the Swedes which means a coat for life - and it certainly looks like it would last that long!
The outer of the coat is made from a mouse grey coloured cotton canvas which is a hard wearing, durable fabric. Patch pockets are fitted to the lower portion of the front of the coat and feature three button flaps which are typical of Swedish military items of this period. The front of the coat fastens with buttons and the cuffs feature a buttoning tab. Under each arm is a vent. The interior of the coat features a thick pile sheepskin lining which will certainly keep you warm! A metal hook and eye is present to the collar as is a tab which allows the collar to be fastened around the neck for extra warmth.
The original label is still present and is clear and legible and bears the words 'Militar Utrustningar'. There is also a simple '2' ink stamp towards the bottom of the coat which denotes the size.
These coats are a very large item, designed to be worn over the top of an outfit. Size 2 roughly translates to a medium and when laid flat the coat measures -
Chest - 24 1/2"
Inside arm - 18 1/2"
Outside arm - 26 3/4"
Shoulders - 19 1/2"
Length - 39"
When checking the measurements above it is important to take into account that the lining lining of the coat is very thick.
The coat is in reasonably good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has signs of wear and age with some fading and staining. The pocket flaps and one of the cuff straps have been painted red and the sheepskin has a natural odour to it. Three of the front buttons are period replacements. These flaws have been taken into account with the price of the coat. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
An iconic coat, guaranteed to be warmer than anything else you own!
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