The GREAT BRITISH DUFFEL COAT thread

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Alan Eardley, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Meerkat

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    I must concur,,they had zero rain tolerance and toggles invariably disappeared..now as for my filson.....
     
  2. scrawlysteve

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    For me the associations are with the late 50s beats, students and CND marchers....I never wear mine without a copy of "Howl" or a Sartre sticking out of the pocket.....
     
  3. Doctor Damage

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    Great posts guys! Several years back I had a civilian duffle coat and quickly sold it on since I made me look silly. Some men can wear them, I guess, but not me.
     
  4. Luxire

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    Yes, the hood is removable. There are a few material options, ranging from 14 Oz wool blends to 30 Oz 100% wool, Huddersfield made. Can be custom made to your specs and measurements.

    This one was requested to be of the lighter wool. Again, can be custom made, with different types of pockets and different styling for the shoulders and a different style of hood.
     
  5. PADDY

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    I've popped this into the 'Outerwear Room' as well, but sometimes 'things' just get lost in there . This early war jacket, in a Size 1, and has gone off to a new home in California of all places.

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  6. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

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    Very nice! I'm sure it's cold enough in California to wear that, ooh, once or twice a year. Sweet dogs as well, though one does seem to have "Another FL photo shoot?" look on its face.:D
     
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  7. Doctor Damage

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    It's an awesome coat, isn't it? I'm fascinated by the close-up photos: I had assumed the early duffle coats were a 'hard' wool so I'm surprised to see the fuzzy nap on Paddy's coat.
     
  8. Hal

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    Welcome back, Paddy!
    I don't think I'd call it a jacket (though some modern copies/imitations are short enough to be thus described; but it's interesting to see that the proper name Duffel (a small town in Flemish Belgium) appears on the label, and not the later corruption "duffle".
     
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    Somehow these two makes such a wonderful match. The RN sweater and the Gloverall.
     
  10. ingineer

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  11. Spitfire

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    Welcome on "the bridge ":D:eusa_clap
     
  12. Doctor Damage

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    The two photos below show the variant with buttons instead of toggles.

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    The photos below show the navy blue version.

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    "Watch where you point that thing, seaman!"

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    Michael Wilding and Liz Taylor.

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    Here's post-war civilian use of a surplus military coat.

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  15. Doctor Damage

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    These are photos of a designed called Thomas Heatherwick posing in what appears to be a vintage duffle coat. It has an interesting 'extra' toggle mounted low to close the skirts of the coat; this is a modification which I've seen in a book on uniforms and which I think I posted about earlier in this thread. It would be a useful mod for a modern-day coat, too.

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  19. Doctor Damage

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    Nigel Twiston-Davies, horse trainer.

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  20. Setok

    Setok New in Town

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    Has anybody had a chance to wear both the three-toggle earlier version and later 4-toggle edition? I used to own a 4-toggle Gloverall Monty, which was very sadly lost/stolen during a trip. The prices have gone up a lot since then (the Monty was their cheapest option then, it's now their most expensive). Interestingly Gloverall has switched to the earlier 3-toggle version in Monty configuration.

    I'd be keen to get a good condition RN version one. Or if I can't find one, perhaps some day spend again on Gloverall. However to me it seems that on the 3-toggle version the closing ends up lower than on the 4-toggle. Ie. it's not just a matter of more toggles for the same area. This means more area for cold around the chest/throat. However I'm not sure if that just happens to be the pictures I've come across. I realise the 3-toggle version has a throat strap, but that would surely be more awkward to close, and apparently leaves small areas for the wind to come in.

    Any other plusses or minuses to the two versions?

    Size is another factor. I'm around 1.9m (6'2" ?) with chest size of 44". I'd like the duffle to be big enough for thick layers underneath (I live in Finland), and to get that real Royal Navy look. My arms are also pretty long. I thus wonder if the RN size 2 or 3 (or are there even bigger?) would be correct — if a good condition one ever popped up.
     
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