This is the most excellent shark skin rain coat we've ever seen; it is an all-weather water repellent raincoat in the most amazing sheen of copper with black, it is labeled Briarcliff.
The Briarcliff logo has a crowned Lion and unicorn on each side of a capital B within a ball or circle, with a pointed crown floating above it. It says at the bottom of the label: "Imported Rainwear" however we can find no other labels on the coat or it's lining anywhere.
This has the classic convertible collar, with the tab that can cross under and button to keep cold breezes out, or it can be worn open, of course, and the tab buttons up under the collar securely out of the way.
From the front this has a set-in sleeve look, however, the back has a raglan cut sleeve.
This also has the wrist tabs with two buttons to select from to determine how tight you'd like the wrists to be: in a storm, you would prefer them tighter, otherwise, the inner button might be your preference for regular wear.
This is beautifully lined in a gorgeous shark stripe in shades of blues, plum, charcoal and brown. Also, this has a plush faux fur zip out lining to add a ton of warmth ~ in addition to zipping in, there are elastic loops that slip over buttons to secure it in place even better.
The measurements for this are:
46" across under the arms ~ these arms eyes are a bit lower since it is a coat, rather than a more tight fitting jacket ~ please keep that in mind as you measure.
43" long from center back of the neck to the hem
34" from the center back of the neck to the sleeve hem: since this is a raglan cut back shoulder, the sleeve length measurement is more accurate this way.
Some feel this translates to a medium, some would say a large, others would consider this to be an extra large; we suggest to keep in mind you may be wearing this over a bulky sweater, or sports jacket, or suit, possibly, even. If not? then keep that in mind, as well. We also highly recommend comparing these measurements to a coat of your own that fits the way you prefer, so you can be more sure of fit.
This has a hidden front button placket: this is the only place where any wear shows at all, near the bottom of the placket: we've included a photo. It is very subtle, but we want to be sure to disclose any/all imperfections. At the mid chest along the edge of the same placket, there is a stitch that is an original reinforcement stitch for an area that bears most of the stress on a front-buttoned coat; because it is a flat thread, not an iridescent one, it can show up in a photograph, depending on the light. Please check it out.
We have more photographs than the 9 allowed here; if you're interested, please just email us and we'd be happy to share.
This has indicators of 1950s-1960s vintage: the shark fabric, the striped lining, the small convertible collar and raglan back sleeves lean more 60s, than 50s. Very Rat Pack Cool.
Freshly dry-cleaned, and ready to wear, Frank.
Just zip out that liner, and you're ready for spring now.
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