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 down which are laced the original laces so that a chevron pattern is shown when the coat is closed. The laces tie at the neck and waist. There is a two-piece, low, standing collar at the neck, pierced with two holes for buttons on cords at the right and two for cord loops at the left. Each full length, two-piece sleeve has an 8 cm 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 thichness varies 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 seams at the rear, and rear of the right sleeve are split.


Dimensions: heights 94.8 cm ( 37.4 in ) width at armpit 48.5 cm ( 19.1 in ) width at hem 90.0 cm ( 35.5 in ) width of each skirt 57.0 cm ( 22.5 in ) sleeve, outside length 59.0 cm ( 23.3 in ) Weight: 5 lb 12 oz ( 2.6 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 125.


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