Only One Available: This is an original WWII U.S. Regulation Army Officer's Overcoat, dated 1942. This is a very nice example, almost in pristine condition. You won't find a better one. Features original Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America tag. Identification tag reads:
Officer's & Warrant Officers'
CODE No. 404
Dated Aug. 11, 1942
Cont. No. W669 QM 20603
Stock No. 55-0-3332-25
Phila. Q. M. Depot
The laundry number reads:
We have not researched this individual. 8759 are the last 4 digits of the soldier's serial number, while XE would be the first initial of the soldier's last name. This is rather odd as it is usually one letter.
The long Officer's overcoat was made in doeskin, Melton or Kersey. Overcoats were to be worn at the instruction of the Commanding Officer who stated which style, long or short overcoat (as there were 2 versions) required for the given day. The long pattern which is pictured here was the first required to be worn by officers but it was gradually replaced by the short overcoat. By 1943 it had been completely replaced.
This is an ankle length coat constructed of very heavy, grayish pink wool with a double-breasted front and a notched, convertible collar. At either side of the waist is a slash pocket with reinforcement along the opening. Behind each pocket is a button closed opening to allow access to the wearer's trousers. On the shoulders are button-down epaulettes. The double-breasted front has two vertical rows of three buttons each with an extra button under each side of the collar. In addition to the split at the button, the back of the coat is made with a central bi-swing section at the center to allow free movement of the shoulders.
The interior of the coat is fully lined in a light colored synthetic material with a single vertical slash pocket on the left. Sewn inside the interior pocket is the identification tag with an addition brown embroidered tag. The buttons used on this coat are of mottled brown opaque plastic material.
This is a great item for any WWII collection. Ready for display!
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