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BARBOUR Sz. 40 "Northumbria" Waxed Cotton jacket--OLD SCHOOL VERSION, NOT SYLKOIL! FREE SHIPPING & O

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This is NOT one of the "modern" Barbours, with their lint-attracting peachfuzz "Sylkoil" finish, obnoxious embroidered logos, and fashion-forward "branding".... This is a Barbour that dates from when Barbours were made properly, in England, and were sold primarily as solid workwear to the country set, all the way from landowning Royalty down to locals who worked as beaters on their estates.

This jacket is thus finished in the original matt wax finish that made Barbour famous, not the modern peach-fuzz Sylkoil that's designed to attract lint. It doesn't have an exterior logo embroidered on the flap of an outside pocket, and it was Made in South Shields, England.... Not Vietnam, Bulgaria, or Romania.

This coat is the real deal.... and, as such, is becoming increasingly rare, as these jackets are simply not made any more.

This is a Northumbria model jacket--the "Big Brother" of the classic Border, being cut to precisely the same pattern but made from heavyweight waxed cotton, rather than mid-weight wax cotton of the Border. This makes it much more durable in the field, and also means that it lacks the Border's tendency to crack along the creases that invariably occur in older Barbours.

This jacket has all of the features you'd want, and none that you wouldn't. It features two deep flapped bellows pockets at the front, as well as two deep moleskin lined handwarmer slash pockets. It has two deep poacher's pockets in the interior with removeable washable pockets inside each. It has a deep zip-lined security pocket on the right-hand side of the front placket, and a velcro-fastened security pocket on the interior chest. It closes with either press studs, or a two-way Barbour zipped, with a thick ring pull for use in the cold. It features a deep interior drip strip, and the sleeves have velcro-adjustable storm cuffs. It has a corduroy collar that can stand up, and then be fastened with a fully functional throat latch. It has underarm grommets for ventilation. It is lined in the classic "heavyweight" cotton lining in a classic Forest Green tartan with windowpane checking.

This Barbour is in the classic sage. It dates from when Barbour held three Royal Warrants, proudly displayed on the label.

It is in excellent condition, except for a couple of very minor issues; a small fray hole by one of the handwarmer pockets at the edge, and a similar fray hole on the underside of one seam; it has some minor surface scuffing on the back, and some very minor fraing on the leading edge of the bellows pockets. It was waxed before being stored last year, and so is ready to wear.

Asking just $115, boxed, shipped, and insured in the USA. Given its condition and the fact that most old-school Barbours now have to be shipped from the UK as the US supply has all but dried up, I am confident that this is the best value Barbour around today!

This is a size 40; it measures:

Chest: 23 1/4
Sleeve: c. 35 (measured like a shirt)
Shoulder: 19 3/4 (at back)
Length: 35 1/2



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