Good day to all and particularly Mr. Peacoat. What a fantastic forum - an incredible wealth of information. Thanks so much to all the contributors. So I took the leap and purchased both a current issue and a vintage peacoat. Seeing is believing. Both are terrific, but oh my gosh, the vintage coat (which appears to have been manufactured between 1949-1953 based on the dating guide)” and the label in the coat) is downright amazing! By far the best wool coat I’ve ever seen and what a great fit at size 42 (the current issue is also a 42 and fits similar to the vintage, although the vintage fits better in my opinion). Wish I’d taken the leap earlier. Still can’t believe the vintage coat is in the terrific condition it is in (appears to have been hardly worn), and for only $40! Half the price of the used issue coat I also purchased. The kersey wool is amazing - warm and weather repellant). Every time I’ve worn the vintage coat I’ve received a constant stream of compliments (including some very kind comments from a veteran from the 40s and 50s who noticed that the coat was vintage and like what he wore in the early 50s - the only difference being that the coat I have has the small shield on the sleeve for the Coast Guard). So these comments are worthless without at lease one photo, and I’ll try to get some posted soon. Thanks again and all the best!