Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, BC24

Physical Description

The body is made of four panels, each with a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with twenty eyelet holes at either side, with the original laces threaded down either side to show a chevron pattern when closed, and tying at the neck and waist. At the neck is a low, standing collar of two pieces, 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 sleeve is full length, and made of two pieces. At the front of each cuff is an opening 9.5 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 1.5-5.5 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 sleves are lined with linen, and the body with an interlining of coarse canvas. The front opening was fastened by ten pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining, of which the fifth hook up at the right survives.


Dimensions: height 90.0 cm (35.6 in ) width at armpit 42.5 cm (16.8 in ) width at hem 85.6 cm ( 33.8 in ) width of each skirt 58.2 cm ( 22.4 in ) sleeve, outside length 56.8 cm ( 22.4 in) Weight: 2.6 kg (5 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscribed inside the collar in brown ink 'Ph. Mannring'; at the right of the waist, beneath the overlap is a red wax seal impression.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's. The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 210.

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011 volume 2


One of the series III.1919-52.