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Vintage 1940s Mens Gabardine Coat WWII Era Trench Overcoat Croydon Canada Large


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This is a wonderful 1940s era overcoat made of wool gabardine.  The coat has notched lapels and padded shoulders.  It closes with three plastic buttons down the front.  The coat has a flapped patch pocket built onto either side.  The back has a 17” kick vent at the bottom center.  It is fully lined in a grey satin fabric and it also has a zip-in quilted and wool lining for extra warmth, if needed.     

Age: 1940s

Label: Croydon with an airplane graphic on the zip-in lining and Croydon with a lion and multiple airplanes on the coat lining.  Croydon was a Canadian manufacturer of coats and was a supplier of coats to the Canadian military during WWII.  It was based in Montreal and founded in 1933.  I don’t think that this was meant as a military issue, but the airplane graphics are a link to Croydon’s military supplier status.

Color:  Navy blue in a slightly purply tone

Material: Wool gabardine in a heavier weight, very nice quality

Sizing: No size is indicated, but this should fit a large size, probably size 42, maybe a 44 - please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the exterior (please take the thickness of the fabric and the cut of the garment into consideration):

Shoulders: 19 1/2” across shoulder/sleeve seam to shoulder/sleeve seam 

Sleeves: 25” from shoulder seam

Sleeve Inseam: 17” long

Chest: 47” around, taken under the arms

Waist: 47” around

Overall length: 44", measured flat

Condition:  This coat is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, staining or odors - the only defects are a pinhead sized wear hole at the back under the collar and a smaller one under the right lapel, both very minor and easily repaired with a couple of stitches (see last two close-up photos).  In addition, there is a repair to the lining at the kick vent (see third to last photo).  Otherwise, this coat has been very well preserved - unusual to find pieces like this in such great condition these days. 

This is a great WWII era coat - wonderful 40s style and fabric!