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 fourteen eyelet holes at either side, with the original laces threaded down either side to show a chevron pattern when closed, and tying at the neack and waist. At the neck is a small, standing collarof one piece, pierced with two holes for buttons on cords at the right, and for two holes for cords loops at the left; fragments of the cords survive. Each sleeve is full length, and made in two pieces. At the front of each cuff is an opening 7.5 cm in length, at the top of which is a fragment of red fabric. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere except beneath the lining. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thiskness between about 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. The lining is lost. The front opening was fastened by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining.


Dimensions: height 93.0 cm ( 36.7 in ) width at armpit 44.2 cm ( 17.4 in ) width at hem 91.3 cm ( 36.0 in ) width of each skirt 55.4 cm ( 21.9 in ) sleeve, outside length 56.2 cm ( 22.2 in ) Weight: 3.3 kg ( 7 lb 2 oz )

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 63


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