1920s Mens Ulster Winter Coat Melton Wool Overcoat - Medium
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is a rare Ulster style men’s overcoat that dates to the early 1920s. The coat is made in a heavyweight melton cloth wool - melton cloth is a tightly woven, highly finished wool that provides both warmth and protection against the elements. The coat has a fur lined shawl collar and is double breasted with a 2x4 button configuration, the top 2 buttons hidden under the lapels. The coat can be done up either to the left or to the right as there are loops on either side. The collar/lapels are covered in black Persian lamb and the wool is also in black. The buttons are covered in a roped material. The cuffs of the sleeves each have two buttons, but these are plastic - I would assume that these are replacements of what would have been matching buttons to the front, however, perhaps they are original, I can’t be positive. The coat has a flapped pocket at either side and an 18” kick pleat at the back. The coat is lined in a heavyweight black fabric. There is no maker’s label in the coat.
Sizing: This is about a size 40/42 regular, depending on if you wear a jacket underneath it - it’s a little snug on my husband across the shoulders and upper back, without wearing a jacket, and he normally wears a 42/44 regular. In any case, please rely on the following measurements for fit, taking the thickness of the fabric into account:
Shoulders: 18” across, from shoulder/sleeve seam to shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeves: 25” from the shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeve Inseam: 18”
Chest: 46” around
Waist: 48” around
Hips: 50” around
Condition: It is in very good condition especially considering its age, with no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odors. The only issues are that there are a few bald spots to the lamb fur on the interior neck which is normal due to the contact with the neck and a bit of fur loosening away to small parts on the collar.. In addition, and this is very light, there are a few surface nibbles at the bottom of the coat, only noticeable upon close-up inspection, very minor, but mentioned in the interest of full disclosure. Finally, there is some wear to the lining around the arm openings, again, due to contact - this could be easily repaired.
This is a fabulous example of 1920s mens fashion - men’s coats of this age are very difficult to come by.