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 seventeen eyelet holes at each side. The original laces are threaded down either side to show a chevron pattern when 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. Fragments of the cords survive. Each full-length, two-piece sleeve has a 9 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 3.5mm. 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 a coarse interlining of canvas. None of the lining survives. The front opening was fastenend by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining.


Dimensions: height 92.2 cm ( 36.4 in ) width at armpit 42.7 cm ( 16.9 in ) width at hem 85.6 cm ( 33.8 in ) width of each skirt 54.9 cm ( 21.7 in ) sleeve, outside length 55.4 cm ( 21.9 in ) Weight: 6 lb 9 oz ( 3.0 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

LP at the rear of the left shoulder.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 127.