I was hoping to hold out for an authentic WWII peacoat but my size (44) doesn't seem to turn up much. Instead I picked up a RRL peacoat. The price was right so I went for it. Upon opening the package, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it's a pretty good reproduction of what I was looking for. Based upon Peacoat's excellent research, it does a lot of things right: Eight button front, inside tag, heavy (Kersey?) wool, double stitching a few inches above the sleeve, throat latch and tan corduroy pocket lining. It does, however, use the old WWI style buttons with the 13 stars. It looks black indoors but under natural light it's definitely a dark navy. I'm not sure what specific wool it uses, but it's HEAVY and thick, like putting on an old Civil War uniform or something. I've never felt anything like it. Pretty incredible. They don't make 'em like that anymore.