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740 - Classic Melton Wool Pea Coat - Black
Schott - 740 - Classic Melton Wool Pea Coat - BlackThis truly is the last wool jacket you're ever going to need. It's built like a brick house. The quilted liner is honestly overkill on what is already a warm jacket, but a standard much appreciated none the less. It makes the jacket feel that much more well constructed. This jacket has so much historical refrence we had to include it at the bottom. It's an American standard at this point. And this year, you can grab it in black.
- 32" Length
- 32 oz Melton Wool
- Military Anchor Buttons
- Hand Warmer Pockets
- Two Inside Chest Pockets
- Vented Back
- Nylon Quilted Lining
- Made in the U.S.A.
Fit Notes: These jackets fit big. Shop owner Tommy is wearing a 38 in the videos, but honestly would need to size down for this to truly fit. That's why we brought in 36's. The size is probably more historically accurate than anything, but to get your slim fit, you're going to need to go down. He normally wears a medium and is 5'10" and 170lbs. You'll need to size down at least one.
Historical Context: The US Navy Peacoat was adopted during the early 20th Century, from Britain’s Royal Navy Reefer Jacket. The Royal Navy's first regulations for uniforms for other ranks were issued in 1857, a century after the regulations for officers and this garment was originally used by Midshipmen (Reefers). These crewmen had to climb the rigging and furl and unfurl, or ‘reef’, the sails of the sailing ships of the era. The jacket was short, to allow ease of movement through the rigging. It had a double-breasted front, which displaced the buttons to each side. This helped reduce the chance of them getting caught on ropes, as the wearer maneuvered the sails. The pockets were often close to vertical, and over the flanks, rather than horizontal and at wrist level. It was made of very heavy wool, in dark Navy blue, with a nap on the face side.
The success of the style is proved by its singularly universal appearance throughout the Navies of Europe. This may account for the US Navy's nomenclature as an Anglicization of the Dutch 'Pijekkat', being a jacket made of 'Pij' (coarse wool) cloth. Conversely, it may be from the shortening of the Belgium Navies term ‘Pilot’s Jacket’ to P. Jacket, then being misspelled/adapted to Pea Coat. The term ‘Pea Jacket’ is reputed to first appear in the Oxford English Dictionary between 1717 and 1723. ‘Pea Coat’ does not appear for another century.