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    Good job, Scott. Thanks for doing it.

    OK, I need some help from you guys with size 36 and 38 peacoats. My information on the chest measurements on these coats is nonexistence. If you would put your peacoat on a flat surface, face up, pull the material tight across the chest, let it relax and then take the measurement across the chest from one armpit to the other, I would appreciate it. There will probably be a fraction involved, so get as close as you can. I would like to have the measurements from vintage and current issue as well as civilian peacoats, but please specify which one it is.

    As my mailbox is usually at the maximum, please post your measurements here. I doubt there will be that many, so we shouldn't overload the thread. If we do, Scott can delete them after a week or so.

    Thanks so much if any of you have these size peacoats.
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    I need help with sizing. I am 5'8" with a 34 chest and 28 waist.
    Which one of these coats will fit me better?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
    or http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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    WWII peacoat: I wonder where the seller came up with the size of 34/36? There really is no such thing. Did he make a guess? Is there a tag on the coat he didn't show? He says it measures 16.5 across the chest, but that isn't what I would expect a true size 34 to measure. All of the measured chest sizes on size 34 come in right at 19".

    1964 peacoat: For some reason this seller listed this as XS when the tag says 34R. I have never heard of an XS. Now this coat does measure 19" across the chest, which is what I would expect a size 34 to measure. This coat will not give you a tight fit, but it will have room for a sweater underneath. If you are thinking about sizing down for a more fitted look, I'm not sure a size 32 would be widely available; they are rare. Anyway, in NJ you need enough room for a sweater. I would ask the seller about the XS designation. Also I would ask him about the moth nibbling, such as where it is located, how large is the area and if there is anymore damage. Doesn't appear to be a hole but more of a nibbling or a tracking, as it is sometimes called.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdbenson View Post
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...SA%3AUS%3A1123

    I'm guessing it's post WWII, somewhere around 1948-50 judging from the tag. What do you think? How'd I do?
    I would say you are pretty close, right around 1949. Thank goodness for someone who did his homework!

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    Well, I'm currently the winning bidder on a 38 peacoat (and have another one on watch just in case), so hopefully I'll be able to take some measurements soon!

    There are some great resources here for peacoats, they have been hugely useful to me!
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    there's this one too, but its the same as the 64. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
    I think the WWII's measurement is wrong. 16.5 is 33 total chest, that's tiny .

    What do you think of the shoulder measurements? I have 17 inch shoulders, but they coat says 18".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post
    Good job, Scott. Thanks for doing it.

    OK, I need some help from you guys with size 36 and 38 peacoats. My information on the chest measurements on these coats is nonexistence. If you would put your peacoat on a flat surface, face up, pull the material tight across the chest, let it relax and then take the measurement across the chest from one armpit to the other, I would appreciate it. There will probably be a fraction involved, so get as close as you can. I would like to have the measurements from vintage and current issue as well as civilian peacoats, but please specify which one it is.

    As my mailbox is usually at the maximum, please post your measurements here. I doubt there will be that many, so we shouldn't overload the thread. If we do, Scott can delete them after a week or so.

    Thanks so much if any of you have these size peacoats.
    I just followed your instructions and measured my 1947 size 36 Pea Coat from armpit to armpit. I measured 19 inches.

    I should have the size 38 WWII Pea Coat, that we discussed, in hand some time this week. Once I receive it, I'll post it's measurement from armpit to armpit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunelly View Post
    there's this one too, but its the same as the 64. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
    I think the WWII's measurement is wrong. 16.5 is 33 total chest, that's tiny .

    What do you think of the shoulder measurements? I have 17 inch shoulders, but they coat says 18".
    33 is the outside measurement. The inside measurement would be even smaller. I haven't done any research on the shoulder measurements, so I can't help you there. Too many variables on where the measurement is taken.


    Quote Originally Posted by EmergencyIan View Post
    I just followed your instructions and measured my 1947 size 36 Pea Coat from armpit to armpit. I measured 19 inches.

    I should have the size 38 WWII Pea Coat, that we discussed, in hand some time this week. Once I receive it, I'll post it's measurement from armpit to armpit.

    - Ian
    19" is what I would expect to see on a size 34 peacoat. I have found that the smaller the size, the larger the number that must be subtracted from the pit to pit measurement to get the tag size. 40 through 46 is 2 and 34 is 4. That's why I am gathering information on the chest measurements on the size 36 and 38. It's getting a bit fuzzy though as it seems the 34 is 19" across, and a 40 is 21" across. I would have been more comfortable had the size 34 been 18" across; that would have left 19" and 20" across for the size 36 and 38. Maybe it will be made up in fractions. Oh well, such is life in the research world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post
    33 is the outside measurement. The inside measurement would be even smaller. I haven't done any research on the shoulder measurements, so I can't help you there. Too many variables on where the measurement is taken.


    19" is what I would expect to see on a size 34 peacoat. I have found that the smaller the size, the larger the number that must be subtracted from the pit to pit measurement to get the tag size. 40 through 46 is 2 and 34 is 4. That's why I am gathering information on the chest measurements on the size 36 and 38. It's getting a bit fuzzy though as it seems the 34 is 19" across, and a 40 is 21" across. I would have been more comfortable had the size 34 been 18" across; that would have left 19" and 20" across for the size 36 and 38. Maybe it will be made up in fractions. Oh well, such is life in the research world.
    I triple checked. I readjusted and wanted to make sure that I was measuring correctly ...and, I still got 19 inches from armpit to armpit. I remember that you said the WWII and WWII era Pea Coats are the slimmest fitting. Maybe that is why this 1947 size 36 is 19 inches across the chest. It will be interesting to see what the WWII size 38 Pea Coat measures. The beauty of this example is that it actually still has it's collar size tag..so, we know it's really a 38.

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    Isnt it 34 - 19 chest to chest = 38
    I thought these coats have a difference of 4 inches between coat chest + your real chest

    so a 36 would be 20"
    38 - 21 "
    40 - 22" etc

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