Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



From the Armoury at Littlecote House. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

The body is made in four panels, each with a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with nineteen eyelet holes at either side, threaded with the original laces to show a chevron pattern when closed, and tying at the neck and waist. At the neck is a low, standing, one-piece collar, pierces with two holes for buttons on cords at the right and two for cord loops at the left, with an extra piece at the left front. Each full length sleeve is made in two pieces. At the front of each cuff is a 9 cm opening. The buff leather is stained everywhere except beneath the lining in brigth yellow ochre. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thickness between 1.5 and 5.5 mm with a mean of about 3.5mm. In this example the rear panels are thinner than the front. All the seems 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. The lining survives only in the left sleeve. The front opening was closed by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining.


Dimensions: height 87.0 cm ( 34.3 in ), width at armpit 44.0 cm ( 17.4 in ), width of each skirt 56.0 cm ( 22.5 in ), sleeve, outside length 57.0 cm ( 22.5 in ) Weight: 6 lb 4 oz ( 2.8 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotherby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 44.


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