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As I suspected, this is the Shooting Coat. It was a heavier-weight version of Eddie’s eleventh and last patented down jacket, the Four Season Coat. The unique, patented elements that were present in both coats were 1) the variegated quilting pattern on the front, with larger diamonds across the abdomen (and all across the back), and smaller diamonds in front of the shoulders; and 2) the dual-entry front pockets. The larger diamonds hold more down and give it more loft, so they help make the jacket warmer; the smaller diamonds hold the down more firmly and compactly to create recoil pads—both the Shooting Coat and the Four Season were intended primarily for hunting or trap & skeet shooting. The pocket design allowed for easy access to shells with either left or right hand. Another hunting element was the low-profile knit collar. This design allowed a hunting vest with its rear game bag to be worn easily over the coat.
The main difference between the Shooting Coat, first introduced in 1964, and the Four Season (1961), is that the Shooting Coat used a heavier, more robust shell fabric (the Four Season’s shell was ripstop nylon), and it used more down. Typically, the Four Season was rated to 0°F‚ while the Shooting Coat was rated to –20°F.
When the Shooting Coat was introduced in the catalog in 1964, the shell fabric was British Grenfell Cloth. In 1966, this changed to the Egyptian cotton Expedition Cloth described in your interior label. In 1971, the shell fabric changed again to a blend of Dacron polyester and cotton. So your jacket is from the 1966-1970 time period, and I would lean toward the earlier end of that—probably 1966 or 1967.
Those boots are amazing to still be around. I know that with your love of clothes, you will be researching the heck out of these. Maybe these could even end up in a museum. If nothing else, a pretty piece of history and a good example for how well Shell Cordovan can really hold up. Great find!
Defo. These probably won't hold up if worn.