English Civil War Buff Coat
Buff leather coats were worn light cavalry in the 17th century.
Buff coats were made from the hides of cattle, treated but not tanned. They were then died a distinctive ochre yellow colour.
Leather buff coats offered good protection against sword cuts but not pikes or guns. They were however lighter than steel and worn with a bullet-proof breastplate allowed the harquebusier to be more flexible and mobile as a force.
This particular buff coat is English from about 1650 and came from the armoury at Littlecote House.
Marks: Inscribed inside the collar in brown ink “Ph. Mann(e)ring”; at the right of the waist, beneath the overlap is a red wax seal impression.
- Height: 90.0 cm (35.6 in)
- Width at armpit: 42.5 cm (16.8 in)
- Width at hem: 85.6 cm (33.8 in)
- Width of each skirt: 58.2 cm (22.4 in)
- Sleeve outside length: 56.8 cm (22.4 in)
- Weight: 2.6 kg ( 5 lb 12 oz )