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Vintage 1930s Wool Overcoat Black Coat Swiss Tailor Hansjakob Bern Switzerland


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This is a mens wool overcoat with an old woven label that reads “Hansjakob Bern”.  The coat is difficult to date precisely as there are no other identifying labels, but the one maker’s label is consistent in style with a label that would have been worn during the Edwardian era or 1910s.  However, it was the practice in Europe for tailors to use old labels in some cases, and even to style garments consistent with earlier models.  That being said, I cannot see this coat dating past 1940 and most likely dates to the 1930s, although it could be earlier.  The wool fabric is in a twill finish with a feel consistent with earlier production.  The coat has padded shoulders, high set medium width notched lapels and a three button closure hidden by an overflap.  It has a flapped pocket at either side and an 12 1/2” centre kick vent at the back. .  It is lined in black satin fabric.  The wool is thick and tightly woven in a twill finish (see extreme close-up photo of the weave).  The coat looks to be totally hand finished - this is made by an old world tailor.     

Sizing: As this is custom tailored, no size is indicated, but this will fit an extra large size (probably 46, note chest measurement, which should be 4” larger than the size), depending on preference for fit and whether you will wear a jacket underneath - please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the exterior (please take the thickness of the wool into consideration):

Shoulders: 21” across shoulder seam-to-seam 

Sleeves: 26” from shoulder seam

Sleeve Inseam: 18” long

Chest: 50” around, taken under the arms

Waist: 48” around

Hips:  52” around

Overall length: 45 1/2“, measured flat

Condition:  This coat is in very good condition - no wear, tear, soiling or odour.  This has been well cared for and stored over the years.  

Like most Swiss items, this is a quality piece - no matter what it’s age, it’s a wonderful coat, beautifully made with high quality fabric, sure to provide warmth for many more years to come!