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Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Marc Chevalier, Oct 2, 2007.
Nice mustache! Do you use mustache wax like from Pinaud?
Not even one bid for this wonderful overcoat: http://cgi.ebay.com/Ralph-Lauren-Cl...mQQptZUS_CSA_MC_Outerwear?hash=item335a580d5c
The baroness has a 40s camelhair overcoat with exactly this treatment on the front. There was once a suit - made in Glasgow in 1938 - in a London vintage shop with this feature linking the top and bottom pockets of the waistcoat.
I saw that auction on Ebay, I seem to remember it was out of my price range, I'm glad it went to a good home!
EDIT: I've got a similar one, in greyish blue with a reddy-brown window pane pattern.
I use Firehouse brand wax, which is beeswax based. Pinaud Clubman is water-soluable, so wouldn't hold up in British weather.
That's pretty cool! I'd like a pencil mustache...
Just about the BEST vintage men's overcoat I've ever seen. From around 1900, it has the works: astrakhan collar, full fur lining, and toggle closures. Think "robber baron/plutocrat."
Went for a reasonable price, all things considered: http://cgi.ebay.com/Circa-1900-Vint...ptZVintage_Men_s_Clothing?hash=item45f111a3e6
Lots of fantastic coats here. But I could need some help.
I like the RAF Great Coat a lot. The color, the cut - everything about it.
But where do I find one big enough (52" chest)???
Or a modern or vintage coat in a similar design.
I just won this late last night - the photos are from the auction - the color is the darker blue. I've been wanting an older over coat for some time but they seem to go for alot, I got this one for less than alot, It's supposed to be 1940s - based on these superficial photos, is this about right in your estimation? Thanks for looking!
Based on those photos above, it is indeed a polo coat from the 1940s or very early '50s. Congratulations! :eusa_clap
Hey - that's the kind of coat I have been looking for!!!!!
What's it called, if I shall chase it - Polo Coat?
(I am a total novice on coats - so pardon me asking)
Yes, it's called a polo coat. Named after the game, not the Ralph Lauren clothing line.
I think that technically a polo coat is made from camel hair (or more recently a wool/camel blend or camel colored wool). A coat in any other color or fabric would make it a coat in the polo style. OMG, I sound like one of those rules people.:eusa_doh:
I've always fancied tweed polo coats.
Yeah, it's tricky. I have a vintage dark blue overcoat that says "Genuine Camel Hair" on the label inside. The coat has all of the other traditional 'polo coat' details, too. So ... I call it a polo coat, even though it's not tan-colored.
Here's an old Boyer piece on the polo coat.
Thanks for that. If Boyer is to be believed, then it seems that polo coats don't need to be tan-colored in order to be, well, polo coats.
"... the requirements of the genre are explicit and strict: an authentic polo coat is double-breasted, full-length, and full-cut camelhair cloth; it has patch pockets, set-in sleeves, cuffs, and a half-belt."
Based on that definition, this is not a polo coat as it is made of wool and cashmere. So then, what is it?
Literally? It's a wool and cashmere overcoat whose cut and styling make it look just like a polo coat, only not made of camel hair. Long name, huh?
I would call it a blue cashmere/wool polo coat; just as I would call the PoW's coat a brown tweed polo coat.