Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, formerly on loan to the Royal Armouries since 1968

Physical Description

The body is made of four panels each with a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with seventeen eyelet holes at either side, but the original laces are missing. At the neck is a standing collar of two pieces, pierecd with two holes, containing cord fragments, at either side, for the buttons and loops; and an extra hole at either side, probably for later mounting. Each sleeve is full length and made in two pieces. At the front of each cuff is a short opening.
The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre everywhere except under the lining. All the seams are butt sewn, and the edges plain. Inside the side edge of each skirt is a tacked white cord.
The body above the waist and the sleeves retain their original linen lining, though with considerable damage, and the body its coarse canvas interlining. The front opening was fastened by nine pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to a thin buff leather strip sewn over the interlining.
There is a small hole in the left shoulder, and there are numerous rust spots on the rear of the coat.


Dimensions: height 88.9 cm (35.0 in), width at armpit 45.8 cm (18.0 in), width at hem 96.6 cm (38.0 in), width of each skirt 57.8 cm (22.8 in), sleeve, outside length 49.5 cm (19.5 in) Weight: 2.73 kg (6 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The contents of Littlecote House, vol. II, 22 November 1985, lot 330.