Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



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

Physical Description

The four panels of the body each have a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with sixteen eyelet holes at either side. The original laces are threaded down these to show a chevron pattern when closed and tye at the neck and waist. The two-piece, low, standing collar is pierced with three holes for buttons on cords at the right and with three for cord loops at the left. Each two-piece sleeve is full length and has an opening at the front of the cuff 7.2 cm in length. There is a small extra piece at the inside front of the right cuff. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere except beneath the lining. Over this series of buff coats the thickness of the leather varies between 1.5 and 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 are lined with linen, and the body with an interlining of coarse canvas. The front opening was fastened by eight pairs of hooks and eyes attached to the lining.


Dimensions: height 93.0 cm ( 36.7 in ), width at armpit 44.5 cm ( 17.6 in ), width at hem 92.5 cm ( 36.5 in ), width of each skirt 54.5 cm ( 21.5 in ), sleeve, outside length 52.0 cm ( 20.5 in ) Weight: 6 lb 9 oz ( 3.0 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotherby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 54.


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