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 fifteen eyelet holes at 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 7.5cm long, with a fragment of red fabric at the top of the opening. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere except beneath the lining. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thickness between about 1.5-5.5mm, with a mean of 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 an interlining of coarse canvas. The lining is lost. 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 46.5 cm ( 18.4 in ) width at hem 92.0 cm ( 36.3 in ) width of each skirt 59.0 cm ( 23.3 in ) sleeve, outside length 60 cm ( 23.7 in ) Weight: 2.6 kg ( 5 lb 10 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

MT, at the rear of the left shoulder.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 65.


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