A 1939-pattern US Army Mackinaw, or "Jeep Coat", in excellent condition.
This 6-104A specification Mackinaw is made in a strong, 10.2oz duck canvas and, unlike later versions, is lined throughout with a 30oz wool blanket fabric - except for the armpits to reduce perspiration. With an adaptable shawl collar, it provides warmth and comfort in cold, windy conditions: the collar can be worn down or buttoned-up, with or without its storm-flap.
The condition of the jacket owes much to its first owner: it was issued in 1941 to Captain Charles Steele Weaver, an Army Signals Intelligence officer in the US Army. He later served in Germany in the late stages of the war, as part of Operation FIAT, which sought to secure scientific information for the US.
It is excellent condition overall and, unusually, retains its original belt. Its issue label is intact and easily read.
The only flaws are a few small, pale, stains - barely noticeable when worn and the most obvious of which, on the lower right sleeve, is pictured - and that two front buttons have been replaced at some point.
However, to preserve its patina, the jacket has not been washed. This may well remove any marks. We intend to replace the buttons shortly with period originals salvaged from another 1939 Mackinaw, before despatching it to its next owner.
Labelled size 38, it was designed to be worn over multiple laters and fits more like a modern Medium/Small.