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 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 two pieces, pierced with two holes for buttons on cords at the right, and two for cord loops at the left; fragments of the loops and buttons survive. Each sleeve is full length, and made of two pieces. At the front of each cuff is an opening 10cm in length. 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 about 3.5mm. All the seams or 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 missing, though fragments remain on the sleeves. The front opening was fastened by eight pairs of hooks and eyes, attached to the lining.


Dimensions: height 91.8 cm ( 36.2 in ) width at armpit 45.2 cm ( 17.8 in ) width at hem 93.8 cm ( 37.0 in ) width of each skirt 56.3 cm ( 22.2 in ) sleeve, outside length 56.5 cm ( 22.3 in ) Weight: 3.1 kg ( 6 lb 14 oz)

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 38 (col.pl)


One of the series of buff coats III.1919-52.