I got this women’s greatcoat almost a year ago, on my first trip back top Scotland when I lived in Belgium. I’d been looking for one for ages, ever since Dave got his first one (He now has three. Here’s numbers one and two. Still no photographic evidence of number three, a Russian one), but women’s ones are hard to find. So I jumped on it when we finally found one, in between all the men’s ones in Armstrong’s Vintage in the Grassmarket, even though it was more than twice the price of the most expensive of Dave’s ones, and severely smelled of mothballs!
Then of course it was summer, and then I was pregnant, so I never wore it. I had it drycleaned right at the beginning which got rid of only a little of the smell, but I left it hanging on the outside of the wardrobe all the time while I was in Brussels, and then it was in the half of the wardrobe pretty much by itself while everything was in storage. And that seemed to do the trick, it doesn’t smell any more! Whee!
And of course it looks brilliant, all nice and fitted at the waist with nice detailing, and of course so warm. The label inside says that it’s a WRAC coat, which stands for Women’s Royal Army Corps, which was an umbrella organisation for all women in the British Army between 1949 and 1992. Which doesn’t hugely help in dating it. It also says size 11 and the company it’s made by is Briggs, Jones and Gibson. And it used to belong to a lady called Godden. And there’s the arrow thingy (technical term!) on the arm of course. I’ve not been able to find any pictures of anyone wearing one, just loads with the skirt suit uniform. If anyone can shed any light, do let me know!
And why I left that button undone, I do not know!