WW2 US Navy pea coat

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by Peter Graham, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. PADDY_M

    PADDY_M Active Member

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    Ian. Does your 38 fit as a 38 or does it run larger to allow for a jersey beneath it?
     
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  2. PADDY_M wrote: "Ian. Does your 38 fit as a 38 or does it run larger to allow for a jersey beneath it?"

    Mine fits snuggly, but not tight, if that makes sense. I have enough room underneath to wear a body hugging thermal shirt and trim fitting sweater/jumper. In saying that, this WWII era pea coat is more fitted than a later issue size 38 pea coat. Additionally, I am just at size 38 in a suit jacket or blazer...I'm not squeezing into that size jacket.

    The pictures below were just taken, by my wife, for the heck of it a couple of years ago in Central Park, but they give you some idea of the coat's fit:
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    - Ian
     
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  3. PADDY_M

    PADDY_M Active Member

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    Great looking jacket. Think I'm probably a 40 then in that WWII cut.
     
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  4. If I recall correctly, the WWII era pea coats measure just over two inches above their labeled chest size. It's been a few years since I've measured my coat or visited the measurements of mine and others, so don't hold me to that, though.

    - Ian
     
  5. Peter Graham

    Peter Graham Well-Known Member

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    Paddy, I think a WW2 40 would be spot on for you. Very few have size tags so make sure the measurements are correct. I'm just back from a very chilly Berlin and the pea coat served me brilliantly.
     
  6. Smithy

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    That makes sense Peter, I can remember way back in the day being told by (IIRC BellyTank) on TFL about sizing up one size if you wanted to layer under a WWII era peacoat.

    Good to hear the peacoat did it's job and hope you had fun in Berlin.
     
  7. asiamiles

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    I also have a leather one, made in Japan by R.Newbold/Paul Smith, and it was the jacket I picked to wear for 3 weeks in Jan in London 2 or 3 years back, and it served me really well. Yes, really heavy to pick up but fine when worn. I did try on some issued ones once in a used clothing store but didn't think they really suited me.
     
  8. CBI

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    Looks great all.............Yes, these are terrific jackets and I agree, I love the length. I have really moved towards wearing longer jackets that cover my rear. As I get older, I want more of me to stay warm!

    Pea's look classy for sure! Enjoy!!!!!!!!
     

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