1930s “Guardsman” Overcoat

This vintage overcoat was made in the late 1930s and was sold by Colwell Brothers in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Colwell Brothers was (and still is) Halifax’s premier men’s store.  They were extremely high end, and I have handled a lot of merchandise that they sold over the years.  It is all absolutely the best of the best, and they favored more traditional, English styles.  This overcoat has a 1936 union tag, which places its date of manufacture between 1936 and 1939.  It has a six button front.  All buttonholes are functional, but the lapels are rolled to the second button, something which was a style of the time.  As this is a more conservative style, it has a plain back instead of the fancy belted backs you would see on younger mens styles.  It is fully satin lined. The coat is in excellent condition.
Chest (pit to pit): 23″ (doubled = 46″)
Shoulder to cuff: 26″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18-1/2
Length: 44″
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