During the Bicentennial Celebration (200th Birthday of America celebrated in 1976), many items were made to be sold during that year and I believe this coat was probably one of those items. Americans were very anxious to wear clothing which showed their pride in this great celebration. The beautiful pattern used in this tapestry, most likely made of cotton, is strictly Early American....the Liberty Bell, Eagles galore, garlands and crossed swords over drums. The colors used in the pattern, as you can see, are somewhat Autumnal......red, orange, gold, blue and olive green spread richly across a warm, lovely brown background. The style of the coat is double breasted (the coat closes with gold tone round buttons) and stroller length. The "V" collar is generous and notched. There are two horizontal pocket flaps with a nautical gold tone button (crossed rope cables on each button) detailing each flap. The pockets actually are slit pockets on each side of the coat. There are seams on each side of the back of the coat and seams, also, on the front of the coat which makes the coat ever so slightly fitted. On the back of the coat at waistline is a faux belt detail with two more gold tone buttons. Long sleeves with no cuffs.....and, the coat is fully lined with a nice gold acetate lining (on the underside of this lining is a layer of a linen look material) which compliments the wonderful Colonial tapestry material used to make this unique and charming coat.
Condition: Very Good
The tapestry material is in very good condition with little to no signs of wear and fading....the colors are rich and appealing. The lining is in very good condition with just the very faintest signs of wear. In the underarm area, there may be just the very slightest bit of staining.....very slight, indeed. Two things I will mention which I think are really issues worth noting.....one of the gold tone buttons which fastens the front of the coat is missing. This would be the button which actually should fasten through the buttonhole. And, on the inside of the left sleeve in the upper arm area, there is a slit in the lining. If I were going to keep this coat, I would probably stabilize this area with some iron on repair material. It's certainly not noticeable when the coat is being worn because it's in the inside of the sleeve.
Label: None Present
Size: None Present, but I am going to guess that this coat is a Size 8. Please refer to the Measurements to insure a proper fit.
Measurements With Coat Buttoned
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16"
Inner Sleeve: 15"
Outer Sleeve: 21"
Circumference of Wrist Opening: 10"
Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 31 ½"
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 57"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).