Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House.

Physical Description

The body is made of four panels, with a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with seventeen eyelet holes at either side, with the original laces threaded down either side to show a chevron pattern when closed, and tying at the neck and waist. At the neck is a low, standing collar of two pieces, pierced with two holes for buttons on cords at the right, two for cord loops on the left, and two at either side of the rear, a later addition. Each sleeve is full length, and made of two pieces. At the front of each cuff is an opening. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere ecxept beneath the lining. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thichness between about 1.5-5.5 mm, with a mean of about 3.5mm. All the seams are butt-sewn, and the edges plain. The body, above the waist and sleeves were lined with linen, and the body with an interlining of coarse canvas. None of the lining survives. The front opening was fastened by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining. The central rear seam is torn, and tied up with eyelet holes and string.


Dimensions: height 98.0 cm ( 38.7 in ), width at armpit 51.0 cm ( 20.1 in ), width at hem 99.0 cm ( 39.1 in ), width of each skirt 57.8 cm ( 22.8 in ), sleeve, outside length 56 cm ( 22.1 in ) Weight: 6 lb 10 oz ( 3.0 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

LT or LH in ink at the rear of the left shoulder.

Bibliographic References

Sotherby's The contents of Littlecote House, vol II, 22 November 1985, lot 221.

Spreadbury, P A, 1979 Littlecote, London, passim

Hussey, C, 1965 'Littlecote, Wiltshire I-IV', Country Life, 25 November-16 December.


One of the series of buff coats III.1919-52.