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Vintage 1940s Mens Overcoat Green Wool Herringbone Tweed Coat T Eaton Co Size 38


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This is a striking men’s overcoat dating to the 1940s.  The label identifies it as having been sold by the T Eaton Co. of Canada, which was the most important Canadian department store chain during the 20th century.  The coat has wide peaked lapels and a six button double breasted front that flares out at the top two buttons.  It is cut wide at the chest and very fitted at the waist.  It has a chest pocket and a flapped pocket at either side.  The exterior is made of a very nice quality green wool herringbone tweed and the interior has a red, green and plaid pattern and is half lined in black satin fabric.  The sleeves have two button cuffs. 

Label:  Tailored for the T. Eaton Co. Limited Canada.  The tailor’s label isn’t filled in (see photo).

Sizing: There is no size tag but this should fit a small size, probably about a US size 38 - my experience is that normally US sizes are 4” less than chest circumference, but the wool is quite thick on this coat and whether you want to wear a jacket under the coat will affect how loose/tight you need this to fit.  Please note the following measurements for fit, all taken from the exterior, taking the cut and thickness of the fabric into account as well as the style of the coat (wider at the top, fitted at the waist):  You need to be smaller than the measurements given as this is a very fitted coat.  It is not made for a tall man due to the tapering at the waist.

Shoulders: 19” from shoulder seam to shoulder seam

Sleeves: 24” from the shoulder seam 

Sleeve Inseam: 16 1/2”

Chest: 42” around, taken under the arms

Waist:  38” around buttoned to the left, 40” if buttoned to the right

Hips:  42” around

Length:  45”, measured flat

Condition:  It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odours.  The only issue noted is that the two lower buttons on the right side have been moved to the left as I can detect the remnant of threading, not noticeable, but present.  This was done to gain a couple of inches in the waist if one buttoned the coat to the right.  Otherwise, this coat looks to have seen little use and has been very well cared for and stored over the last 70 to 75 years.

This is an excellent quality coat in a very attractive, rarely seen, green color - great piece if you need to recreate mens fashion as it was during the 1940s or just if you want a gorgeous coat!