This excellent military overcoat is made of thick, heavyweight wool in a classic double breasted trench style with enormously wide lapels that can be worn open, or buttoned tight for warmth.
It has epaulettes at the shoulders, and a double-buttoned back swag belt.
The fatigue green color combined with the use of the Great Seal buttons identify this as an Army coat; the styling indicates 1940s vintage.
44" at chest
48" Long from center back of the neck to the hem
7.75" from the neck point to the shoulder point
20.5" from shoulder point to shoulder point
26.25" sleeve length
14" around sleeve hems
Canvas twill partial lining, all cotton. The kick pleat is also lined in the same canvas.
"Great Seal" (eagle) buttons, all present.
Overcoats such as these with all the same details are dated as 1940s (some of those being stamped with the date).
In excellent condition, with no flaws. We have not had it cleaned since acquiring it, but we have double-deep frozen it. Oh, and there is a magic marker number hand written on the lining near the neckline. This is not visible when worn.
Truly a thick, cozy winter weight wool; this blocks cold winds with ease. Coat weighs 10#.
The U.S. Army changed to the Great Seal button in 1902, which made obsolete all of the state buttons, all the separate army organizations, all the separate letter eagle buttons, even separate buttons for general staff. “One style for all arms and all grades, private to Lt. General; the only exception is the Engineer Corps, who are to retain their present design. Bronze for service and gilt for dress. The design is a copy of the great seal of the U.S.” (source: Record Of American Uniform And Historical Buttons, by Alphaeus H. Albert)
We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.