- May 18, 2009
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ICONIC BURBERRY TRENCHCOAT!
You know what this is--the iconic Burberry trenchcoat. Created for use by British officers amidst the mud and carnage of the trenches of the First War, trenchcoats occasionally took to the air as flying coats--one officer of the fledgling RAF writing home in 1919 stated that after h'd crashed in the Channel he'd had to discard his Burberry, but that it was returned to him later by fisherman who'd rescued it after it had been floating in the sea for five days. Immortalized by Bogie in Casablanca, the Burberry trench was the favored garment of George Orwell, who wore it slumped inside London cabs dashing to the Censorship Department during the Blitz just after the All-Clear, as well as private eyes from the novels of Raymond Chandler to Dashiell Hammet. And, of course, on a gentler note Audrey Hepburn wore a Burberry trench as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
And this one is in excellent condition!
MADE IN ENGLAND, this coat features all of the bells and whistles that make the Burberry trench THE trenchcoat to own, this coat has the classic Novacheck plaid, and the leather buckle of the belt and the cuff-adjusters are similarly unblemished. This coat features the multiple lines of stitching at the collar to ensure that when it's flipped up against the elements it stays up, as well as the classic "lambchop" throat fastener that's concealed under the collar; the leather buckle here is also unmarked. This coat has all of its original D-rings on the belt for your maps and handgun for when you lead your chaps Over the Top (no-one who's been around explosives in a professional capacity would ever hang grenades form this belt, despite the widespread myth that this is the use for these rings), has the traditional gunflap, and the vent in the back secures closely with its original button. The throat has its original brass fasteners for a tight fit in the rain, and the epaulettes are intact and original and functional. The coat has the standard deep internal pockets (for maps, or orders), and the button-able slash pockets in the front reach both to these and also to your jacket pockets underneath. The belt is also in excellent condition, with no pulls or wear to any of the holes, and no "wringing" from being (unwisely) tied. The shell of this coat is in the standard 51/49 and highly durable polyester/cotton blend.
This really is one of the nicest Burberry trenchcoats I've seen--and if hadn't just acquired an all-cotton version this wouldn't be here!
I wore this very, very occasionally as a 40L; it has been specialist dry-cleaned before being listed here. I like my trenches rather voluminous, so this could also work for a 42L, or possibly even a 44L, depending on your fit preferences. This coat will give you literally decades of faithful service!
Asking a very low $165, or lower offer, boxed, shipped, and insured in CONUS. International inquiries welcome, with Priority insured shipping at cost. As always, offers--INCLUDING LOWBALLS! --are very welcome.
Sleeve (under the arm to the cuff): 19
Length: 48 1/2 (from the bottom of the collar)
Shoulder: N/A, as the sleeves are the traditional raglan cut.
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