H047382 MOTORCYCLIST'S PROTECTIVE COAT. (Kradmantel)

BACKGROUND: The motorcyclist’s protective coat was originally introduced on November 12TH 1934, with a unique design that was specifically intended for wear when riding motorcycles. The motorcyclist’s coat was worn for the duration of the war with minor manufacturing modifications. The main modification during the war was the material of the collar with the original field-grey wool collar altered to a field-grey badge cloth collar in June 1935, a blue/green badge cloth collar in September 1935 and finally back to the field-grey wool collar in May 1940. The coats proved quite popular with the troops for their stylish appearance and serviceability and were commonly worn by non-motorcycle personnel in spite of regulations.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: September 1935 to May 1940 pattern, full length, double breasted style, field-grey, rubberized fabric construction coat with a large blue/green badge cloth lay down collar. The coat has a distinctive front closure with dual buttons situated on each upper breast panel and an extended, horizontal, button holed tab at each side of the waistline with corresponding buttons to the right exterior and the left interior. The coat also has a single metal hook and eye at the neck. The coat has a diagonally angled slash pocket to the right breast and two diagonally angled slash hip pockets with scalloped button down flaps. All three pockets have large, internal, kidney shaped pocket bags. The raglan cut sleeves have a three small vertical tapering darts at the cuffs and a vertical slash to the interior cuff seams with a horizontal button holed tab and a corresponding button. The shoulder panels each have rubberized loops and buttons for securing the shoulder straps.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $895.00 (Or Best Offer)

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