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Vintage Early 1940s Mens Wool Overcoat Navy Blue Coat Jos Fuoco Montreal Size M


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This is a wonderful men’s overcoat dating to the early 1940s.  The tailor’s label identifies it as having been made by Jos. Fuoco of 211 St Catherine St East Montreal - according to the Lovell street directories, Fuoco started conducting business there in 1939.  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 vertical pocket built into either side.  The exterior is made of a heavy weight navy blue wool and the interior is half lined in black satin fabric.  The coat is beautifully made at the back, with a belt cinching the waist and a wide pleat built into the centre back.  The sleeves have turned cuffs. 

Label:  Jos. Fuoco Mon Tailleur 211 Est Rue St-Catherine Montreal

Sizing: There is no size tag but this should fit a medium size, probably about a US size 36-38 short - 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 (wide at the top, fitted at the waist):

Shoulders: 19” from shoulder seam to shoulder seam

Sleeves: 22” from the shoulder seam 

Sleeve Inseam: 21 1/2”

Chest: 41” around, taken under the arms

Waist:  36” around

Hips:  42” around

Length:  42”, measured flat

Condition:  It is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear, stains or odours.  This coat looks to have seen little use and has been very well cared for and stored over the last 75 years.

This is an excellent quality coat in very nice condition, especially considering its age - gangster style, great piece if you need to recreate mens fashion as it was during the early 1940s!