Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



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

Physical Description

The body is made of four panels, each with a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with seventeen 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 neckis a low, standing collar of one piece, pierced with two holes for bottons on cords at the right, and two for cord loops at the left. One of the buttons survives, as do fragments of the loops. At the front of each cuff is an opening 8cm in length. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere except beneath the lining. Over the series of buff coats it varies in thickness between about 15.mm-5.5mm, with a mean of about 3.5mm. 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 eith pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining.


Dimensions: height 90.0 cm ( 35.5 in ) width at armpit 41.5 cm ( 16.4 in ) width at hem 94.5 cm ( 37.8 in ) width of each skirt 58.5 cm ( 23.1 in ) sleeve, outside length 56.9 cm ( 22.1 in ) Weight: 2.6 kg ( 5 lb 11 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

LWB at the rear of the left shoulder

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents fo Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 67.


One of the series of harquebusier's buff coats III.1919-52. Had an iron eye, which fell off 9 Decenber 1996.