Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



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

Physical Description

The body was made in four panels, each with a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with fifteen eyelet holes at either side. The original laces are threaded down either side to show a chevron pattern when closed, tying at the neck and waist. At the neck is a low, two-piece, standing collar, pierced with two holes for buttons on cords at the right and two for cord loops at the left. The two-piece sleeves are full length and there is an opening 9.5 cm in length at the front of each cuff. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre throughout except beneath the linng. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thickness between about 1.5 and 5.5 mm, with a mean of about 3.5 mm. 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. Only the coarse interlining survives. The front opening was fastened by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining. The rear and left seam of the body, the rear of the left sleeve and most of the right sleeve seams are split.


Dimensions: height 88.5 cm ( 34.9 in ), width at armpit 50.0 cm ( 19.7 in ), width at hem 96.0 cm ( 37.9 in ), width of each skirt 57.5 cm ( 22.7 in ), sleeve, outside length 57.0 cm ( 22.5 in )

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Bibliographic References

Sotherby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 145.


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