Object Title

Buff coat

Buff coat



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, bc.27.

Physical Description

The body is made of four panels, each with a broad, flaring skirt. The front edges are pierced with sixteen 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 one piece, 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 8.7 cm in length. The buff leather is stained btight yellow ochre, everywhere except beneath the lining. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thickness between 1.5-5.5mm, with a mean of about 3.5mm. All 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 fastenend by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining. The back is very thin.


Dimensions: height 91.3 cm ( 36.0 in ) width at armpit 42.5 cm ( 16.8 in ) width at hem 86.2 cm ( 34.0 in ) width of each skirt 56.4 cm ( 23.1 in ) sleeve, outside length 58.4 cm ( 23.1 in ) Weight: 2.6 kg ( 5 lb 11 oz )

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The contents of Littlecote House, volII, 22 November 1985, lot 66.


One of the series of harwuebusier's buff coats III.1919-52