Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



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

Physical Description

Each of the four panels of the body has a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with sixteen eyelet holes at either side laced with the original laces to show a chevron pattern when closed. They are tied at the neck and waist. At the neck is a low, two piece, standing collar, the left side of which is missing. The right side is pierced with two holes for buttons on cords. Each full lenght, two piece sleeve has an opening at the front of the cuff. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere except beneath the lining. Over this series of buff coats the thickness 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 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. There is a small triangular patch at the outside of the left sleeve.


Dimensions: height 90.4 cm ( 35.7 in ), width at armpit 41.0 cm ( 16.2 in ), width at hem 93.0 cm ( 36.7 in ), width of each skirt 55.5 cm ( 21.9 in ), sleeve, outside length 57.2 cm ( 22.6 in ) Weight: 4lb 4 oz ( 1.9 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotherby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 148.


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