The U.S.Navy’s original Pea Coat was the 1910 model, fabricated from a heavy 36-ounce melton wool, outfitted with black urea buttons displaying an anchor surrounded by 13 stars, with both side-entry and flap-covered pockets.
Due to the lower pockets with flaps, the coat design was longer in length than the Pea Coats of the late 1930's and subsequent years. Additionally, the interior of the coat was lined with wool flannel and not the rayon of the WWII Pea Coats.
A large-sized collar was incorporated in the design to block strong ocean winds and corduroy-lined pockets helped thwart the numbing effect on hands from the biting winter seas. This was the same basic jacket design that went to war over 100 years ago with the U. S. Navy in WWI.
Once again, Buzz Rickson has resurrected a bygone treasure from the ground up, utilizing vintage looms and know-how to craft fabrics not seen in many decades, then deftly sewing the pieces together with vintage Union Special sewing machines to provide a finished product that comes as close to the vintage garment.
What we end up with is a Pea Coat that transcends fashion by light years and bolts straight to the heart of classic style through the very functionality of the original design that has been so deftly reproduced.
This Pea Coat is no light-weight fashioni statement, it’s the genuine GI deal made from 36-ounce kersey wool and lined with wool flannel (both of which minimize loss of body heat and will wear as ferociously as did the Pea Coats that won WWI).
• Exact copy of original U. S. Naval Clothing Factory contract label design woven on rayon
• Custom manufacturing of the correct, heavy-weight, 36-ounce, melton-wool outer shell in navy blue and produced on vintage looms
• Cotton thread construction
• Two external hand-warmer pockets lined in the original-spec heavy-weight corduroy
• Original-spec 10-button front featuring the pre-WWII buttons displaying an anchor surrounded by 13 stars
• Large wind-blocking collar with throat latch
• Made in Japan
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