Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, BC20.

Physical Description

The four panels of the body each have a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with fifteen eyelet holes down either side, with the original laces threaded down then to show a chevron pattern when the coat is closed and tying 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 on the left. Fragments of the cords survive. Each two-piece sleeve is full length and has an 8.5 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 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 were lined with linen, and the body with an interlining of coarse canvas. None of the lining survives. The front opening was fastened by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining.


Dimensions: height 91.5 cm ( 36.1 in ) width at armpit 44.0 cm ( 17.4 in ) width at hem 95.5 cm ( 37.7 in ) width of each skirt 58.0 cm ( 22.9 in ) sleeve, outside length 55.2 cm ( 21.8 in ) Weight: 6 lb 6 oz ( 2.9 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.ii, 22 November 1985, lot 126.


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