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 have broad, flaring skirts. The front edges are pierced with eighteen eyelet holes at either side. The original laces are threaded down either side to show a chevron pattern when closed. and tying at the neck and waist. There is a low, standing collar of two pieces at the neck, pierced with two holes for buttons on cords at the right, and two for cord loops at the left. Each two-piece sleeve is full length and has an opening at the front of each cuff 7.8 cm in length. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere except beneath the lining. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thickness between 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 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. The front left and right rear panels, and the outside of the left sleeve are scratched. The rear is torn at the top.


Dimensions: height 91.0 cm ( 35.9 in ) width at armpit 43.8 cm ( 17.3 in ) width at hem 94.8 cm ( 37.4 in ) width of each skirt 55.5 cm ( 21.9 in ) sleeve, outside length 58.0 cm ( 22.9 in ) Weight: 5 lb 7 oz ( 2.5 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotherby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 55.


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