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 neck is a low, standing collar of one piece, pierced with two holes for bottons on cords at the right, and two fro cord loops at the left; fragments of cords survive. Each sleeve is full length, and made of two pieces. At the front of each cuff is an opening 8.2cm in length, at the top of the right opening is a fragment of red cloth. The buff leather is stained bright yellow ochre, everywhere except under the lining. Over this series of buff coats it varies in thickness 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 90.0 cm ( 35.5 in ) width at armpit 47.6 cm ( 18.8 in ) width at hem 87.2 cm ( 34.4 in ) width of each skirt 58.0 cm ( 22.6 in ) sleeve, outside length 57.2 cm ( 22.6 in ) Weight: 2.6 kg (5 lb 13 oz)

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 62.


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