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Cosh pockets?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Horace, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    BTW: Giona, very nice trousers. And I love the color of that shirt as well.

    And the only meaning I know of for "cosh" is what we would call a "sap" or a "blackjack", something cops & robbers carry to bash people on the head with.
  2. MPS

    MPS Senior member

    Aug 31, 2003
    A cosh pocket is a long internal pocket running in a mid-axillary line (i.e. a line from the middle of the armpit). The said pocket is for concealing a handy weapon, known as a cosh (usually made of metal covered by a softer material). To ask a man if he possesses a coat with a cosh pocket is to ask him whether he is "unclubbable".
  3. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Los Angeles
    [​IMG] Dags?
  4. Giona Granata

    Giona Granata Senior member

    Oct 6, 2004
    Wool Gabardine, 11oz
  5. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

    Nov 5, 2004
  6. Horace

    Horace Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Thanks, old bean. A cosh pocket I meant indeed. Though I wouldn't think to suggest that in asking the question, I was implying something else.

    Still I would be curious if anyone had ever outfitted his coat with a pocket for cosh, firearm or what have you. Perhaps one could widen the thread to ask if one had asked his tailor for any pocket to hold any item not out-of-the-ordinary.

    When I was in New York, a colleague of a rather paranoid persuasion had a tailor sew a pocket to stash his .25 calibre fire-arm. A bit much I thought. But NY wasn't as friendly then.

    As for cash pockets: love 'em. I usually get either off-the-peg or MTM trousers with them. The photos above look esp. good.

    Pip pip,

  7. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Apr 20, 2002
    In Hiding
    Gay Talese's book Unto the Sons has a lengthy scene in which tailors in Southern Italy, outside Naples, around the turn of the last century make a coat for a mob boss, and tailor one side around this enormous hand cannon the gangster wears. These tailors would go on to found Cristiani in Paris. One of them is also Talese's great-grandfather.
  8. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    greater chicago
    I have not had the experience myself, but I have heard that it was traditional for savile row tailors to inquire if a man carreid any sort of side arm, as well as if he played rugby (the rugby part was supposed to indicate how much you could expect a mans leg muscles to flex. the suit would be cut to match those needs.
  9. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

    Aug 7, 2004
    It is very common for men who carry arms while wearing business attire to have alterations made to accommodate wearing a firearm...or when suitably affluent to have them custom tailored accordingly. I believe that one can conceal almost any practical sidearm under the jacket of an American sack suit without the need for alterations with a suitably body-hugging belt holster, especially if you favor inside-the-waistband carry. I suspect this would not be possible with a more shaped suit coat without special tailoring.

    I have never heard of special pockets for firearms in contemporary suit coats although I think some gunfighters in the old West had special leather-lined pockets in their vests or frock coats. I should think that even carrying something as small as a .25 auto would soon play hell with both the drape and fabric of the jacket. If I wished to carry so small a firearm--and I would make my own prudent minimum one of the tiny .32s like the Seecamp--I would carry it a side pocket holster in my right front trouser pocket. With a handkerchief breaking up the outline, one can so conceal a small firearm in almost any casual attire this side of bathing trunks. However, if you are wearing a suit or sport coat and choose to leave your jacket on, you can be quite well armed with reasonable comfort and good concealment.

    For those of you who don't know me, BTW, I am the editor of GUN WORLD magazine, former editor of Handguns magazine and longtime staffer at Guns & Ammo magazine.

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